Managing some stress

As a sufferer of fibromyalgia, I have learned the importance of exercise to keep well.  However, I have also learned that overdoing it (which can be easy) can also have its negative consequences.  So is with stress.  A little bit of stress is not so bad.  And there is the kind of stress that is positive, too.  But too much stress has its negative consequences, just like too much of a good thing.

I won’t go into the details on how bad too much stress can be for you.  I’m pretty sure we are all familiar with them… high blood pressure, relapse of mental illness, heart disease…  However, there are things you can do to manage some of the stress.

One of the techniques I have used successfully is to plan and divide and conquer.  Sure, you can’t always plan in advance, because you can’t predict the future.  However, there are some things that you know will likely happen (for example, you got engaged, you will likely get married within a year or two. Or wife is pregnant.  You will likely become a father within 9 months.  You can plan around that.).  And for most other situations, though you can’t necessarily plan in advance, you can take some time after identifying the stressful event and plan around it.

The important thing is to break it down into smaller, manageable chunks that you can handle at your own pace, or at least at a reasonable pace.

When you start seeing the world at manageable chunks, the world ceases to be an emergency and a crisis.  It sure does take some getting used to, but another thing you will find when you start dividing and conquering, is that life isn’t the catastrophe that we make it out to be on a daily basis.

Same thing with exercise for fibromyalgia.  Instead of running 5 miles in one day and then suffering for a week because you overdid it, break it down to a mile a day for 5 days with two days rest for the week.  Same goal, different approach.  The latter more effective than the former!

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