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Monday, 20 April 2015

Stress busters..?

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I know I've mentioned several times that I've been feeling rather stressed over the past few weeks. A couple of days down at the bottom of the country for Rosie's wedding helped to take my mind off things a little this weekend, but as soon as I got home, I could feel the stress washing over me again like a familiar blanket.

I've been struggling a little with how to combat these feelings. In the past, when my stress and anxiety levels have been at their highest, I've been prescribed medication which is meant to help, but I'm not sure whether I want to go down that route again.

So, what else is out there? As I mentioned a few days ago I've been trying to learn to make more time for myself. Taking some time out with some music on, a book to read and a calming scented candle has featured heavily in my schedule over the past couple of days. I've been taking some tips from Stress Control: Stress-Busting Strategies For The 21st Century, which is giving me some new ideas.

I've also been doing a little research into dietary supplements. Having read this article recently, which seems to suggest that there are links between stomach issues and anxiety, depression and OCD, I'm starting to wonder lately if the stomach pains I've been living with for the past few years might be linked to stress, rather than being caused by a food intolerance. According to the article I read, Bimuno seem to be the prebiotics to try, as they were the only prebiotic which showed positive results when it came to reducing anxiety. Anything which takes me one step closer to finding the cause is good in my book, so I'm going to give the pastilles a try, in the hope that they might supplement my diet and help, even if just a little to give me a much-needed immune system boost.

Here's hoping this could be something which helps. Does anyone take regular dietary supplements?

16 comments:

  1. I'm sorry to hear that you've been feeling stressed and anxious, Char, I know those feelings and it's horrible to have to struggle through that. It might not be your kind of thing but I've been doing the 10 minute guided meditations on YouTube. I just close my eyes and follow the visual guides from the audio and it really helps, this one in particular is the one I've been using for my anxiety - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoYnqvadurg It may help you in terms of a quick fix for really anxious times! I used to take St John's Wort too for anxiety and depression and I did notice a slight change. Tablets were quite mild for me, and lifestyle changes always seemed to work better. Really hope you feel better soon Char! Always here if you need a chat too. - Tasha

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    1. Meditations aren't something I've ever tried but I will perhaps give it a go.

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  2. Anxiety and stress can have so many and varying effects on us physically, it's definitely worth mentioning to your doctor and/or a counsellor? if at all possible. Keep well xx

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    1. I'll make a GP appointment again soon, I think.

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  3. Let me know how you find those pastilles, I'm struggling like mad with my stomach at the moment.

    xx

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    1. I'll definitely let you know.

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  4. I suppose it could be that. Like you say, if you discover it is, you can hopefully help it.

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    1. Thanks, I'm really hoping I can get to the bottom of it.

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  5. Stress can definitely lead to some pretty awful stomach pains, so you might be on to something there. Stress affects my stomach just as much as my food intolerances, and it leads to some pretty excruciating cramps on a regular basis. It's easier said than done to stop stressing and worrying, though, but I've heard those pastilles are really good. Let me know if they make a difference! xx

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    1. I really hadn't thought about it being a possible cause until recently.

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  6. Stress and anxiety are nasty nasty things, and how they pop up in our bodies is so random. I started getting terrible toothache a year or so ago and went to my dentist thinking I'd need a filling, but nope, turns out that when I get stressed I clench my jaw, which is a bit wonky so it all winds up pressuring on one tooth. So my stress and anxiety causes toothache, brilliant.

    Hopefully the pills help you out, do let us know if they make a difference.

    Rachel x
    The Inelegant Wench

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    1. Oh, how odd, I hope you can avoid that in future. I'll let you know how they work out.

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  7. I have had stomach problems for ages, turns out it's completely linked to my anxiety. I've worked hard with CBT and stuff and it seems to be better. Although it flares when I have a stressful day. Look after yourself and I hope the prebiotics work :) x

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    1. My doctors keep telling me they have exhausted everything they can possibly try, so that I just have to put up with it. I'd be so happy if I could get to the bottom of the cause.

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  8. I am often anxious or stressed, but it is hard to know what to do about it. I keep thinking maybe yoga or something relaxing. Hope you find something that works

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    1. I might add a yoga class into my gym routine.

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