Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Stress Relievers

I am currently battling a summer cold and actually stayed home from work yesterday to try and get some rest.  For the past two years, whenever I get a cold it almost always morphs into bronchitis or a more serious chest infection. I think that had something to do with a lack of sleep and a taxed immune system.  We are all more prone to catching colds/flus when we are stressed. Stress = poor immunity for me.

The combination of not being able to run (my #1 stress reliever) and quite a bit of uncertainty with my job is making me restless.  I am getting an MRI later this week so they can see what is going on. My Dr. suspects a tear that is not healing, which will most likely require a stitch. I am not looking up how that is done.

J also recently found out that he has a hip spur that is a symptom of a degenerative hip condition. In the grand scheme of things, he is pretty healthy, but the more certain thought of a hip replacement in later years has me worried. Don't we all know someone who either bounced back better than before or deals with chronic pain? 

I also have the joys of a soon to be threenager on my hands. Whoever said three would be harder than two was not kidding. He is very emotional and the tantrums are a bit wilder. We are also trying to give him time to potty train (he is almost 34 months).  We currently have a Dr's RX for laxatives for our little guy because he is a "withholder".  If any parents out there have experienced this, please share your words wisdom.

Where am I going with this? Stress relief?? How do you do it? What are your tricks? Here is what I have tried so far:
  • Strength training: I can't run so I am pouring myself into a new world of all things strength training. Right now I mostly feel like it just isn't the same, but I am giving it a chance and following a whole new set of instagrammers. 
  •  Aromatherapy: I went into Saje wellness on the weekend and bought two new scents from the 'relaxation' line for my diffuser.  I then caught a head cold so the jury is out.
  • Yoga: I have done two yoga classes in the past week which is more than I have done in the previous year. I used to love yoga and had plans to do teacher training. I'm not sure what happened along the way but I think it has something to do with all my friends being trail runners.
  • Comedy: I have watched about 75% of the comedians on netflix. There is something about sitting down and laughing at the end of the day that is therapeutic.
If you have any ideas at all, please share away! I am also looking for your resources on strength training. 


  1. Re: the withholding in your toddler. My daughter would have super hard poops that she was hold until she couldn't anymore and then scream when she pooped. We currently have her on a stool softener each day and it's been way better. Aren't kids and poop fun? ;)

    I am the worst at handling stress. I find a hot bath and taking time for myself helps. Can you swim at all? Or ride a bike on a trainer instead? I'm not sure what your capabilities are with your injury

    1. Is she taking miralax?? Weston is too and it has been quite the journey. I can still exercise and have been going to spin. Jury is still out on whether that is aggravating the tendon (I suspect it may be). Thank you for the comments!!


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