Having crohn's disease is stressful enough, and don't all us crohnies know it, but when you add the extra stress involved in everyday living it can sometimes feel like your head is going to explode...... So what can we do? ....... I have a list of 7 Things that you can do which will take you from OMG to om in less then 15 minutes. Pick which one works for you..... My favourite is to go for a surf. I am not sure what it is but the motion of those waves chills me out every time.
1. Breathe Deeply - Give yourself a 5-minute break from whatever is bothering you and focus instead on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. If your belly is sore you can place your hands in your lap. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth.
2. Be Present - Life is one big roller coaster, well it can feel like that at times. Everything we do we do in a rush. We gobble down our lunch as we have to rush back to work to finish a proposal, we fly around the supermarket as we need to pick up our children from school or we don't make that 1 minute phone call to our mum because we have to do the ironing. Now I want you to try something different. I want you to slow down and smell the roses. Enjoy the moment. When you spend time in the moment you should feel the tension leave your body.
3. Reach Out - A good social support system is one of the most important resources for dealing with stress. Talking to others -- preferably face-to-face or at least on the phone -- is a great way to better manage whatever is stressing you out. Also ask for help when you need it. You don't have to do it all on your own. It is amazing but true that people actually like to help others. So be brave and just ask.
4.Laugh Out Loud - A good belly laugh doesn't just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, while increasing brain chemicals called endorphins that boost your mood. Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or movie or simply hang out with someone who makes you smile.
5. Crank Up the Music - Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. Create a playlist that allows your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers. You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes -- or singing at the top of your lungs! I also like to turn up the music and dance with my 2 boys in the lounge room. I may not be a great dancer but it certainly makes me feel so much better.
6. Get Moving - You don’t have to run in order to get a runner’s high. All forms of exercise -- from yoga to walking [or even my lounge dancing]-- can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress. You can go for a quick walk around the block, take the stairs up and down a few flights, or do some stretching exercises like head rolls and shoulder shrugs. NOTE: This is where I hit the beach
7. Be Grateful - Keep a gratitude journal or several (stash one by your bed, keep one in your purse, and one at work) to help you remember all the things that are good in your life. Being grateful helps you cancel out negative thoughts. I like to use these journals when I am feeling stressed. It reminds me what really matters.
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Yours in Health and Wellness
My Crohn's Doctor