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A quick check with healthcare workers or media that does health reporting will establish that stress causes health issues. In my case, exposure to constant high levels of stress (back then I was a single mother working ungodly hours as a litigation attorney) led to my rheumatoid arthritis. A couple years later, I also developed fibromyalgia.

Even if things don't get to that point for you, I'm willing to bet that stress messes with your sleep. Or your digestion. Or your back - pretty sure your shoulders and necks are familiar with tension caused by stress. If you're anything like me, you could probably break boards on your upper back, it's so tight and tense.

As I was lying awake in the middle of the night last night, feeling nauseated (something I ate disagreed with me), I started thinking about this post. And I got to thinking that while all self-care may not be stress relief (more on that in another post), all stress relief is self-care.

Then, in the middle of the night, I got to thinking that none of this is flat. So with apologies to my vegan friends, think of stress relief as the tasty, tasty yolk in the middle of an egg. It's dimensional. It's golden. It contains the key to life and will fortify you if you nurture it. This metaphor was so much more awesome at 3:30 a.m., I can't even tell you.

Since all stress relief is self-care, I thought I'd spend the week talking about stress relief methods. They include my tried-and-true means of breaking off circular thinking/stress that keeps you up in the middle of the night. I hope you'll come back for those posts!


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selfcaretattoos
Dec. 26th, 2017 12:47 am (UTC)
Stress relief is indeed golden
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