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#Stress awareness month #shakeitoff #HAWMC

What’s the best way you deal with stress? How do you like to let loose to escape common stressors? Share with us your favorite ways to shake off the stress. 

 I think stress sticks to people with chronic illness like static and it is in our best interests to do all we can to shake it off. A difficult thing to do at the best of times I think, since chronic illness itself and chronic pain itself Causes stress to our bodies.

Get in the groove: Every night before bed I put on some tunes. Music can really boost the mood and I think in itself be a way to cope with stress. Shake it off a bit.

Zen out: Likely the most productive tool I have right now to combat stress is doing meditation when I can, every day, sometimes twice a day. It helps combat the pain and relaxes me. Helps me cope to be honest.



Nap it off: Generally if you have insomnia you should not nap and if you do it should be before noon and short in duration. However, I feel that there are exceptions to this rule and the exception to this rule is when I feel mentally and physically run down. I am in pain, there is no way to treat the pain. I am tired and fatigued. A nap sometimes is something that is beneficial when my body is feeling exceptionally stressed. I do not do it often because I do not want to overly affect my crappy sleep cycle, but when I do I fell better for it.

Take a soak: I am more of a shower person because hot baths make me dizzy and tired. Just have wonky low blood pressure. But there are times when i am sore and stressed that I want to have a good soak in an Epsom salt bath for a bit. I find it very relaxing.

Distract the brain: I likely utilize this more than anything because stress for me often comes with overthinking about things I can do Nothing about. Therefore it benefits me to do an activity that takes some brain power away from that over thinking. Like maybe just reading a good book. Or writing. Anything that actively distracts the brain.


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