In my newest blog series, Stress Less, I will be sharing some of my personal favorite tips, tricks, and ideas for lowering stress in my daily life.
I’ve always struggled to handle stress well. I like to say that I’ve got a “low stress tolerance”. A little over 7 years ago, my son was diagnosed with Autism. Just a month previous, he’d been diagnosed with Bell’s Palsy, and I began having chest pains that were later diagnosed as Pleurisy. 2 weeks after his autism diagnosis, he had his first seizure. It was a time of a lot of stress, and my body did not handle it well. I spent the next 4 years being in constant pain. Migraines, joint pain, digestive struggles, you name it. I had my gall bladder removed, was put on prescription medication for acid reflux for a year, had a biopsy in which we found 3 ulcers, and still was not getting better. I finally was tested for Celiacs, and that test came back inconclusive. I still tried going gluten free, and saw a world of difference. Unfortunately, it was temporary. About 6 months after going gluten free, I started experiencing joint pain again. Almost immediately following began the digestive troubles, and a crazy lack of energy. I soon found myself stressed and depressed again. I struggled for a couple more years until last year I went to see an endocrine specialist. I spent 6 months and over $6,000 out of pocket to be given extensive testing and to fix what was wrong. I was finally gaining my health back!
And then I started my new job 2 months ago. In the last two months, I’ve seen a complete reversal in my healing. My adrenal glands began struggling, my thyroid fell apart, the pre-diabetes that I had rid myself of had come back. Life got stressful, and I felt the effect, big time. And so, I decided I have to do something about it, and do something NOW.
Maybe your story isn’t as obviously tied to stress as mine is. Maybe you’re suffering way more than I could imagine due to stress. Whatever your situation, I want to share what I have learned (and am still learning) about managing and lowering stress…for our health’s sake!
I hope you’ll join me as I delve a little deeper into different topics. Share with me your thoughts, and your ideas. Feel free to comment below with questions and/or topic ideas. I want to make this a valuable resource, not just for myself, but for you as well. Let’s stop stressing, and let’s start living.
P.S. Be sure to check out 10 Simple and Affordable Ways to Lower Stress as well. We’ll be talking more about these!