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   Posted 6/15/2010 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I got to thinking about how stress can really affect us with this disease and thought everyone might like to give some input as to what they do to relieve stress. I bet everyone has great ideas!
1.) Now that I am feeling up to it I hit the gym 5 days a week for mild/moderate workouts
2.) Reading. And I am old school and don't use kindle or ipad. I love the feel and smell of books.
3.) Playing and hanging out with my almost 5 year old niece. They say the funniest stuff and they say laughter is a great medicine.
4.) quiet time at work. Thankfully I work from my home so I can lay down on the nice comfy daybed in my work area and put on soothing music for my 15 min breaks
5.) Petting my kitty cat. I realized last night after he jumped on my lap that I completely zoned out while petting him for 30 minutes! I literally did not think or worry about anything.
6.) Posting here. I find it is relieves my stress when I can vent to people who don't judge and understand. 
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening

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   Posted 6/15/2010 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
With a houseful of guys, I CRAVE stress relief and downtime.

*Sit on my back patio, either reading or just relaxing. I like it especially at night with the lights off. Just something about listening to the crickets and cicadas that is so soothing.

*Taking my dog for a walk. He's a little chiweenie but thinks he's Barney Bad***. His attitude cracks me up.

*Reading-I have been known to read any and everything. My hubby thinks it's funny that while most people have magazines in the "library" (bathroom) I keep books.

*Hubby and I go out riding our Harley's. Even tho it's something that we do "together", I'm on my own bike in my own world.

*Hubby and I take the boat out on the lake and leave the kids at home. That comfortable silence between friends is so relaxing.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
You have some great ideas. One of the things I find is that as my husband gets back to normal from being sick, we go back to not paying attention to our sleep schedule. And getting too little sleep is one of the worst things you can do for yourself in terms of stress. So, we try to keep a regular schedule, even if he's feeling normal. For us, this means wrapping up whatever you are doing, and heading to the bedroom by 10 pm, and turning off the lights by 11 pm.

Also, before going to bed, a short meditation to clear your mind off the events of the day, and to focus on a feeling of well being has been helpful for both my husband and me. Going non-stop during the day, you have a lot of thoughts bouncing around in your head, and a lot of times, I used to find that my sleep was disturbed or I'd wake up in the middle of the night because of these thoughts. Now, I try to calm myself down, and focus on my breath and my sense of well being, and get myself in the right frame of mind to get a good night's rest.

We also do a short meditation in the morning, to kinda center ourselves before we begin the day. I find that reinforcing the mindset that you need to take things one day at a time, to not get stressed out about the future, or all the things you have to do really helps set the mood for the day, and helps keep stress levels lower during the day . . . because you don't let things get to you that easily.

Also, on Saturday afternoons, rain or shine (as long as hubby is feeling well), we go out to eat at a local Chinese hole in the wall, and take a long lunch with friends. It really helps to hang out with folks, eat some good food, and just chill.

My husband also goes to a weekly meditation group on Sundays, where they meditate for 40 minutes, and then pick a book to read, and discuss passages/philosophy. It seems to help him.

I think in general, a good routine is great for stress relief.

Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Crohn's in Remission since June 2008
C-diff recurrence Sep 2009
Reactive Arthritis Nov 2009
Currently c-diff free
Osteopenia of spine (Mar 2010)
Canasa (1gm), Lialda (4.8 gms), Remicade (8 weeks)
Currently In Remission

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   Posted 6/16/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Some really good ideas!!! And you are so right a routine is key. That was a little hard for me at first on the weekends cause sleep wise I was used to going to be whenever on Friday and Saturday nights and not getting up till 7:30(I am usually up at 5:00 for work during the week). Now with my iron supplement and my other meds I have had to be more schedule oriented. And you are right about sleep too. Your body heals and replenishes itself while you sleep.
Dx with crohns February 25, 2010. But suspect I had it since 2002 with very mild symptoms.
4 lialda a day.
3 entocort daily for the next few months
hyosamine for daytime
Bentyl for evening

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   Posted 6/16/2010 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
i have a cleaning routine i do each morning then i come on here...
later i will read
love nature so try going for walks
write in my journal
first thing in am im out on bk porch feeding the squirrels
i hv a few that now eat outta my hand
talk to friends ive met thru the yrs here

great idea ty for the thread
         HV Crohns..pyoderma gangrenosum..anxiety..neuropathy...fibro
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   Posted 6/16/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
1. the rifle range- you cant think about this stuff when your shooting tight groups, or when your pretending to shoot some crohns creature that is invading .
2. archery- see above. also a good time to pretend to shoot an apple off of Nurse Ratchet's head, or substitute the desk dragon from the doctors office
3. watching the sunrise- try to get lost in the colors. Stop after its up or you will see spots for the rest of the morning
4. watching the sun set- see above, dont start too early
5. feed the birds- watch our feathered friends enjoy a good healthy meal. Try to forget you have to eat like a bird too
6. take a slow easy walk in the woods- I know what your thinkin, need to get the old heart rate up, well , when you almost step on a big snake, the old ticker will be going a mile a minute for a while.
7.take a bath- if your tub doesn't make bubbles, you shouldn't either no not your insurance policy or a tax form, we are trying to , NOT, be stressed
9.ride that Harley. If its bad weather get on line and look up the newest goodies for it. Dont buy any, we are doing stress relief remember ?
10. Plan a trip - think of all of your crohnie friends, where they live and how you would love to meet them...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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   Posted 6/17/2010 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
While all the normal relaxation things do help. If I'm having a really stressfull day I love to drive with heavy metal blasting from the radio. Don't ask me why but all the screaming guitars and voices soothe me -- I know, I know I'm strange! But whatever works right?

BTW -- I'm not a young kid, I'm a 40 something grandmother and I work in corp. America.

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   Posted 6/17/2010 2:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Things I do that help me relax...hmmm.
1. I also love to keeps my mind active and it feels as if I'm doing something...even if I'm feeling really crummy...

2. Watering my plants with a hose...I watch the birds, the butterflies...look at how my children, which are my plants (I have no human children)...

3. Watch trashy TV...either via cable or internet...if I feel so crummy, I feel better by watching very trashy TV...(I hate to admit it, and will deny it if ever asked but something like Real Housewives)...I don't feel so bad then...some people have it worse smhair

4. Watching or reading an old familiar tale...I cannot tell you how many times I have watched LOTR, extended edition or read Jane Eyre...
"The earth laughs in flowers"

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