Do You Have a Stress Habit? – Day 121

September 30, 2010 4 Comments


365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 121


Quote of the Day

” Stress is nothing more than a socially accceptable form of mental illnes” – Richard Carlson

They say getting old is not for the faint of heart.  I always hoped I would be the type who responded to the aging process with a “You’re only as old as you feel” attitude.  The problem is without massive efforts daily in diet and exercise, I feel like crap (and some days nothing helps).  Nobody told me how to respond to that reality!

I only have myself to blame (a concept I am finding that applies to almost everything in life).  I spent most of my life living in a state of what can only be described as “high stress”. Sometimes there were even reasons for it.

I am going to go on a little rant here because I am feeling a little sorry for myself today.  I just came back from a doctor’s appointment in which he told me that on top of my stroke recovery, high cholesterol, chronic sinus problems, arteries narrowing as we speak and general aches and pains, I now have two more things to deal with.  I am extremely anemic and I am considered borderline diabetic. 

“Are you kidding me?”  I almost yelled at him.  How is this possible?  I eat very well, mostly sticking to a Clean Diet, I exercise 4-5 times a week, I am always looking for alternative treatments and remedies for illness and stress.  I try to meditate, read spiritually uplifting material and get regular massage.  I take supplements (albeit less regularly than the massages) and drink high antioxidant wonder juices.  I avoid pharmaceuticals and chemical based foods.  I am even giving up plastic water bottles! On top of all that I reluctantly have restricted my wine intake to 1-2 glasses a few times a week, enough to get blood thinning benefits but not too much to cause other illnesses.  I took drastic measures to restrict my coffee to one or two a day and increased my tea intake to get the good benefits of both.

My husband on the other hand,  is 11 years older than me, sits on the couch like a lump (only a slight exaggeration), stuffs ribs, burgers and chocolate cake in his mouth whenever I am not looking (and sometimes when I am) has more energy and less ailments than I do!  He has never exercised consistently.  He drinks copious amounts of coffee, never green tea, very little water and takes no supplements.  It is hard not to adopt a “life is not fair” attitude when confronted with this! 

So why would I be having more issues at a younger age?  Looking at our personalities I would say that the way Jack and I handle stress is at the root of the problem (or solution if I was in the mood to be positive today).  I am a typical A Type personality whereas he is more a B or C Type (we’re still working that one out). 

Rant over. 

Stress is probably the biggest factor in most illnesses and is a silent killer.  It is a widespread and pervasive problem.  We have learmed to live with chronic stress without considering the impact on our bodies.  Take it from me, once you reach the point where your body starts to respond to the nonstop stressful state you keep it in, it is a slippery slope.  I have to go to great measures to counteract the years of abuse.   We should all take greater care to treat ourselves better, learn to destress with exercise, yoga, meditation and massage, or simply take the time to breathe (do not underestimate the power of breathing).

I know that I am lucky that my Stress habit has not manifested itself in a more deadly form like cancer or heart attack.  Of course I will take the necessary steps to reverse my anemia with iron supplements and nutrition and keep from becoming diabetic with increased exercise and awareness but my number one focus will be learning to chill and release the stress as it enters my life.  I will practice exchanging the habit of stress for the habit of relaxation.

The only good thing to come of the news today is that it explains why given all that I do to fuel my body and soul I have still been plagued with days of low energy and low level depression.  Given my extremely low Ferritin and Iron levels I now have an excuse for wanting to fall asleep after dinner and for my bitchiness.  Jack is also greatly relieved; he just thought I was just a Bored Bitch. :)

4 Comments to “Do You Have a Stress Habit? – Day 121”
  1. Greg says:

    Very glad you didn’t yell at me Roneen…extremely glad!
    Good work on the blog and keep bettering yourself. I’ll be right beside you in helping you along.


    “the doctor”

  2. Roneen says:

    Thanks Dr. Greg for being a fantastic doctor. You are right beside me and I know you work hard to keep me around. Enjoy Europe! I think I can make it without you for awhile.:)

  3. Jack says:

    I would have commented sooner, but I was choking on my burger and couldn’t find the Red Bull to wash it down with. I guess I do have a different way of handling stress, I pass it on to Roneen.

  4. Roneen says:

    What’s not to love?

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