My Thoughts: Time to Eliminate Some Stress

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Ok, so I have just about had it with all this stress and all these mood swings, time to get rid of it all! It’s obvious that Solu-Medrol (IV Steroids) causes some negative effects in me and today I decided to sit down and weigh the pros and cons of taking this medication. I decided that it seems to be causing me more harm then good. The medication is stressing me out which in turn (do to my apparent sensitivity to stress) is just canceling out any positive effects the medication should be having. So in the long run its just causing me more stress and not really reducing my symptoms.

So now I will focus on my stress management and dieting to reduce my symptoms. The one period of time I seemed to be symptom free was when I was constantly going on hikes, walks, etc: Things I enjoyed doing and things that relaxed me. I think that’s what I need to get my health back under control, I need to find my peace, my relaxation, my escape from the world and all it’s stress. I need to get active again, go on hikes, embrace nature, and escape the current routine I’m stuck in.

The more detailed, strategic, part of this plan is to identify the stressors in my everyday life and come up with their opposite solutions. For example: I feel like I have no privacy or space of my own so I plan on buying a curtain to divide my bedroom in half so I don’t have to actually SEE that I am sharing a room. Then Ill use classical music and other relaxing CD’s to hopefully block out the sounds of my household and help me fall asleep with non-stressfull thoughts. I’ll basically be creating the illution that I have my own space and privacy.

Music has always been a huge escape for me so I need to take advantage of that, I need an MP3 Player so I can block out the sounds of life when I feel overstimulated by the world. Maybe getting lost in the sounds of music in a dark room will help controll some stress.

I have a few other meditation ideas Ill be trying but bottom line is I have to try what ever I can to avoid the things that cause me stress even if that means waking up at 4:00am everyday to avoid waking up in the middle of a hectic household. Maybe starting my day off with an hour of quiet, alone time, will help me get through the day better. Who knows? I have to try it out and see how I feel. Ill be keeping a new, more detailed journal or blog soon strictly regarding how I feel on a daily basis as a result of changes in diet and habits. Not sure if I will make this public or not yet but maybe I’ll be able to track and identify some helpful information regarding my treatment by doing this.

It’s time for change, it’s time to become a little more proactive, it’s time for me to take controll of my health, its time for me to take controll of my mind.

I said before that I believed the mind and body are directly related when it comes to health, one can influence the other strongly, but I seemed to have forgot this… I need to regain my mind so I can regain my body. Time for some change.

4 Responses to My Thoughts: Time to Eliminate Some Stress

  1. Julie says:

    Matt,

    I have been following your blog for about two months now and thought it was time to comment. Recently I started a personal wellness goal of my own to relieve stress in my life, and I'm so glad that you've decided to take control of your stress as well! Some of the strategies you mentioned, e.g., music and quite time, are ones that I have been using to relieve stress; however, I've also been researching alternative therapies that show wellness benefits and stress relief.

    Have you heard of complementary therapies such as Healing Touch, Myofascial Release, or ancient practices like Qigong or Tai Chi? There's controversy around these therapies because of modern medicine's obsession with evidence-based practice and studies; however, they all include aspects that can be done in the home for free to provide health benefits and reduced stress. I'm curious if any of the health care practitioners you have seen for MS have mentioned these as complementary options to medications that they prescribe you? I'm still a little skeptical myself, but I figure that I can't go wrong with anything that's free and has no negative side effects!

    Let me know if you'd like any more information on these therapies, OR if I can recommend a meditation track to put on that MP3 player? I've been listening to one on my iPod before bed almost every night and it has definitely helped my quality of sleep!

    Good luck with your stress relief! 😀

    Julie

  2. Matt Allen G says:

    Hey thanks! I have heard of a few and no, my doctors didnt mention any of them. I have kaiser so if they cant sell it to you in a pill then they're not going to recommend it haha but I do believe that despite a lack of "scientific evidence" many therapies like the above mentioned can be of great help and like you said, they're free, what do you have to loose??

  3. Laura says:

    Matt, Good job trying to take your life back and figuring out what is causing you stress. I like that you are going to do more things that you enjoy. Concerning music, a little secret of mine is when I am around some negativity or loud talking, I hum or sing so I feel better!! Continue with the self care, you deserve it.

  4. Matt Allen G says:

    Thanks! Piano is one of the only ways I can musically express myself to some degree but that doesnt always work :^b

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