Monday, September 09, 2013

Stress and Bloggers Block

Hello everyone, I'm back from my break and I feel like I should explain myself a little. Last month was a bit of a weird one for me and I wasn't going to go into it, but I thought perhaps there could be someone out out there who could me going through a similar thing so why not share my thoughts. 
At the beginning of August I travelled down to visit my Cousin his Wife and two kids ( 2 year old and 4 week old) in Bristol. A few days after I got home I started to get and weird ache/pressure in my chest. When it first came on I put it down to indigestion or heart burn. But two days later I still had it and it was worse and was constant nothing would really ease it. I started to get  little worried that it might have something to do with my heart, so I did what I think a lot of people do nowadays when something strange happens to your body you want to find out what's wrong, I Goggled my symptoms, this was a mistake and ultimately made the situation worse. My symptoms matched with a few different things, but like I had suspected they were also signs of Angina and heart attack! and to be honest this scared me a little, I'm over weight (quite a lot) and aware that this is not good for you heart but I'm also fairly young so although it did scare me it wasn't enough to rush to A&E.
On the third or forth day it got too much for me and confessed to my Mum (up till then I hadn't told anyone). She made me make an appointment to see Doctor. One thing you should know about me is I HATE gong to the Doctors, and avoid it at all costs I would happily go to be Dentist before the Doctor so this situation was far from fun. I explained this and he was really lovely he first checked my breathing and pulse and listened to my heart and then assured me that the symptoms had nothing to do with my heart he actually told me it sounded healthy, He told me what I was experiencing was Stress.
I thought that Stress was an emotional condition, and of course it is but he told me there are also many physical symptoms to stress like, low energy, headaches, upset stomach, nausea, aches and pains, tense muscles, chest pain, rapid heartbeat and this is just a few. 

Within a few days of knowing this and taking his advice on relaxing everything returned to normal but I have to admit it has made me stop and think about things a little. 
 I love blogging but sometimes I suffer with blogger's block and I can't think of my next blog post I have recognised that this does stress me out I want to make sure that the things I share with you here is something I can be proud of, so taking a break was a just what I needed to get my thoughts in order.  
I would just like to point out that blogger's block wasn't the trigger it was just a small part in a few things that have just built up. I have had a little time to think about what could have been some of the causes and my Mom thought that what could have  brought it on was driving on the Motorway to Bristol for the first time. Sounds silly now because I had no problem with it, in fact it quite enjoyed it but I built it all up in my head so much panicking and this was my trigger. 
Then it escalated once the pains started worrying about what they could be and having what the Google search said going around in my head defiantly did more harm than good. 
I would like to point out that this wasn't the first time something like this has happened to me it was just the first time it concerned me so much I had to seek help. It was only after reading some of the following symptoms that I realised those times in the past when I thought I was just feeling unwell, I was actually too stressed and needed to slow down a bit. 
Stress is a normal part of life but too much is a bad thing. Some of the other Behavioural and Emotional Symptoms to look out for are Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control, Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind, Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), Forgetfulness and disorganization, Changes in appetite - either not eating or eating too much, Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities, Exhibiting more nervous behavior, such as nail biting, fidgeting and pacing. 
I have discovered I need a lot of order in my life, I joke about being a love of lists but list are a great way to keep organised, I like to work to a plan to know exactly what I going to be doing and when and I think my stress increases the less control I have. But I am learning I can't control everything and that's ok. I am in no way an expert but  in what to do it If you find yourself feeling stressed and overwhelmed but what has worked for me was stopping, and putting everything in perspective and just relaxing I spent a couple of evenings not doing anything just reading a book or listen to some music watching a DVD (I started watching the complete series of Friends) going for a walk. Getting enough good sleep, eating healthy, a healthy diet and a balanced lifestyle is probably the best remedy of all. Just remember everyone has a little stress in life, just don't let it overwhelm and take over. 

If you want to find out a little more about stress the causes, symptoms and how you can help yourself I found this website all about stress anxiety and depression which had this downloadable e-book all about it. I hope this helps someone out there and I hope you don't mind my little ramble. 

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  1. Glad you are back, Sarah! And feeling better :) I suffer from pretty bad anxiety and stress is a huge trigger for that so I'm glad to hear that you've figured out the cause and are being proactive for the future (: Hopefully it continues to get better! xxx

  2. Oh you poor thing, I hope things will get better for you. I get stressed very easily and don't always know how to deal with it, but if lists works well for you then keep it up!!

    MissBeccaBeauty xo

  3. I hope things get a lot better for you! This definitely helped me to understand more about stress and I thank you for that.
    Alice xx

    1. I'm glad you understand it more thanks very much xx