The stress I once dealt with became to an all time high after having major back surgery in December of 2001. Thank God for my mental strength & his healing. For today, I am free from torturing pain & prescription pills. Photo by rawpixel.com on Unsplash
I want to say with all honesty of my remembrance that in October of 1999 the slight discomfort began. I was moving the furniture (a T.V. from Rent-A-Center on a stand) around in my rental property and bent down the wrong way and as the days & months went by the pain was more excrutiating from that point (Oct. to Dec.). After several doctor’s visits they claimed it was arthiritis, but my body was telling me something totally different. To make a long story short as possible, I ended up having a herniated disk down by my tailbone that caused my back muscles to lock to protect my spine, so I was on a walker at the age of 27. I suffered with this form of what I considered extremely high torture for 3 months because the doctors wanted to try alternative options (Intense Physical Therapy) before surgery. Photo by Scott Webb on Unsplash
This moment in my lifetime ago led to clinical depression & I started having stress related seizures that really didn’t subside until 2014. The seizures were considered psychogenic (of the mind) ,
To break this down in simpliar terms, I was holding things mentally & releasing it physically through my body. Not only was my body being tortured, I could no longer work & was on disability from March of 2002 until April of 2007. So I basically had to bring my mind & body back in sync with each other. Photo by Cristian Newman on Unsplash
I would love to share with you how I learned to control my stress levels over the years & if it even thinks of rising now. I no longer suffer with that type of depression. When I feel as if my stress level peaks out at the mildest level I have at least:
15 Ways To Maintain My Stress Levels
All I can say about this is it is #1 for a reason. It is a constant work in progress. I was once on a straight road, but I swerved going around the curve & now my freaking tires are hanging off & I am still waiting on a tow truck. Guess what I don’t beat myself up about that shit because I can eat a salad for 30 days straight if that was the case because I love it. However, my ultimate goal is to become a pescatatian, one whose diet includes fish but no other meat.
I literally shook the fat off my plump ass & got down to a size 10-12, but I need to strike it back up because my toosh is back in a 14-16 & my girls are trying to pry their way out of my work shirts. So it’s time to start back moving my fat ass.
The breathing techniques were inspired by the psychiatrist who treated me for clinical depression, so these are the most consistent in my everyday life so I want end up on a new episode of Snapped.
OMG! If I didn’t believe in naps when I was a child, I surely do my best to get all my rest now because I can’t function without it.
- Hot Therapy
And I do mean a very hot shower/bath. Now if I decide to do a bath I will emmerse my body in a tub of hot water, with bubbles, a capful of clorox & alcohol. This is just what I do because that’s how I was raised. Please Do What Is Best For YOU I will not be responsible if you blister. <<<<ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK>>>>
- Old School Music
Like LTD Old, simply because I was born in the early 70’s & this is what my mother played in our house growing up! The music was just so different back then. However, I don’t knock the music today just in case I decide to turn up.
I love to color especially when I am extremely feeling stressors. I have crayons, coloring books, & color pencils/pens. I colored these when I was experiencing hardships with my second husband (divorced). I don’t share my coloring books with anyone no matter who you are unless I have occular proof (L.O.L.) you can really color inside the lines.
- ReadingReading is so Fun-Da-Mental. The last page turners I read were:
The Coldest Winter Ever
- Watch Your Favorite T.V. Series
One of my co-workers who is a lot older than myself said to me one day in the Deli “Ms. Flo I just go to my car on my lunch break and just scream & you should try it.” I said thank you Mrs. V. I’ am going to try it. So I did just that. Screaming releases so much tension on a different level at the work place trust me. You will be a totally different person. Try it, then let me know what you think. *Be Mindful of Your Surroundings* people may think you have lost ever fiber of your being.
A couple of these after a work week….Yes! DON’T DRINK & DRIVE
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Until The Next Post Be Inspired_Ms. Flo