To say the last few days have been stressful has been something of an understatement. You know when you reach that point that you are trying not to snap at the dogs, family or anyone else for that matter? Well I’m there at the moment. I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say you can’t pick your family. I have so far managed to control the symptoms but am not comfortable and am actively avoiding making the situation worse.
Holding it all in
So is holding it all in the answer?
“In life, there’s always a solution to a problem,” says Professor Cary Cooper, an occupational health expert at the University of Lancaster. “Not taking control of the situation and doing nothing will only make your problems worse.” – NHS Choices
Last night I reached the point that I was so wound up that I managed to bring on an asthma attack. Not serious, no visits to hospital, but never the less uncomfortable. According to Asthma Uk 69% of people with asthma say that stress is a trigger. My blood oxygen level was reading around 96%. Coughing was a problem.
I was definitely holding it in, in fact if you looked close enough Im sure you could see a little steam starting to come from my ears. Eventually I got to sleep though I dreamed about the issue, waking up just as tired as when I dozed off.
This morning , still stressed with no solution yet coming I started to think about my options. Not regarding the cause of the situation, though that will need sorting, but about relaxing. I would have liked to get some exercise, unfortunately coughing and exercising don’t work well together. Writing this blog has definitely helped, it’s making me focus my mind. Mind.org.uk, the mental health charity, list keeping a diary amongst their self help tips for anxiety and panic attacks.
Now that my stress levels have dropped further I look forward to some art. I started painting about a year ago. It’s a great way to concentrate on the present and just work at getting some colours down. Problems don’t matter when you are creating. Of course it doesn’t have to be painting. Sculpture, photography, music or whatever helps is to be applauded.
It’s not about being a pro, just about being creative. Here are a couple of my watercolours.
Also the sea picture one page 1 is one of mine. I was on the coast near Girvan, Scotland in the summer. The was nothing but me, my wife and the sea. We spent hours just walking up and down the beach with our camera’s.
I would love to know what you do to destress. Post below, you can even show me some pictures. Wishing you all good mental health.