Stress Awareness Month #HAWMC

WEGO Health: What’s the best way you deal with stress? How do you like to let loose to escape common stressors? Share with us your favorite ways to shake off the stress. #shakeitoff

Stress is one of the harder things for me to deal with. I tend to bottle it up and not find a good release for it. I have gotten better at it over the years. But it’s something that I have to learn to deal with because stress tends to bug my IBD symptoms. Please note, that stress does not cause IBD. It just makes me get the runs for a few hours and then I’m back to how I was.

Here are the ways that I deal with stress:

  • Play video games
  • Read books
  • Work out at the gym
  • Listen to angry music
  • Journal
  • Take my dogs for a walk

I Need Stress Management Skills

Today at work I got super stressed out. And as all of you IBDers know, stress makes our symptoms worse. Which is what happened to me today. And after I got stressed out I then got even more stressed because I was worried about making it to the bathroom(I had an hour drive, with few rest areas). By the time I got to the site I was working at today I was chanting “I will not shit myself. I will not shit myself. I will not shit myself.” You know it’s bad when you’re telling yourself that. Luckily I managed to not shit myself but it was a close thing.

It made me realize that I need to get a better emergency kit together for times like this just in case I need it. Right now I just have an extra pair of pants and some underwear. I really should add in some wet wipes and a couple of trash bags. I’m going to try and get it together this weekend.

But today made me realize that I need to work on stress management skills for work. I really wish I could just have one of my dogs be like a Stress Management Service Dog. That would be awesome. But anyway, does anyone have any tips for dealing with stress? Like as it’s happening. I do go to the gym sometimes but that doesn’t help me out in the moment.