One of the first things mentioned in Stresspodden (a swedish podcast about stress that you can find on Spotify), was DARK. Well, it doesn’t really work in english… but here it is:
D – dagsljus (daylight)
A – aktivitet (activity)
R – rörelse (exercise)
K – kost (diet/food)
They said these things are so important when it comes to recovery from stress.
Daylight – I find it very difficult to leave my home, but I know I have to or I will feel even worse than I do. And things will only get worse. I make sure I’m outdoors at least 30 minutes, simply because that’s what they said, but usually I’m out for at least 60.
Activity – I go to the store, or to FIFH (where I usually work out), or somewhere where I know I will talk to people.
Exercise – I can’t actually at the moment, my left shoulder is so bad I can’t use my arm at all. However, I do actually do what my physiotherapist told me to… does that count? I’m gonna go with yes, because that is the only thing I can do… soooo… 🙂
Diet/food – Some of you know that my POTS is making it difficult to eat, but I can manage at least one small meal a day, so I make sure it’s all healthy food! At the pod, they said sugar is something that will give you an instant happy and good feeling, so a lot of people that are stressed will choose junk food and sweets instead of food that’s good for you. So, I made a list of all the healthy food I like and then I make sure that anything I eat is on that list! (OK… I had an ice cream yesterday, but it was abour 30*C here, so that’s absolutely OK!)
Ths, together with me working on one thing at the time, will surely help me get better! Right now, I’m working on that darn shower (read here).
I’m thinking very carefully on what the next thing I need to work on is… I don’t want to choose something I’m not ready for, something that’s too big.
I am leaning towards it being lights out at a certain time, because I have problems sleeping. Maybe making my brain/body used to a certain time to get in bed would help? Sort of like a Pavlov’s dogs sort of thing? Instead of drooling for food at the sound of a bell, I will get tired at a certaing time? Yes, I think I’ll try that, because getting enough sleep, and sleeping well is so, so important!
Do you struggle with stress as well?
Keep looking up ❤