Chaos is in all our lives as the economy has plummeted, medical bills become hard to pay, and employers are demanding more of us with less pay or little to no pay increases. Many people have become scared of the changes we face around us but even in the middle of chaos we have to cope, create meaning in our lives, and try to thieve. The stress of our daily lives has to be managed in order for the impact on chronic differences (i.e. medical difference) to be reduced.
Perhaps, your medical difference is ADD, ADHD, Dystonia, Cancer, or another medical issue, or maybe there is just too much stress in your life. Whatever is causing you to feel stressed is likely to impact you physically and emotionally. There are a variety of ways to manage stress including biofeedback, meditation, listening to music, physical exercise, art and journaling.
Biofeedback is usually done with a psychiatrist or a mental health professional’s staff. There is evidence that it can help manage margarine’s, reduce muscle spams, and help to reduce the impact of stress on medical issues but it can also be expensive. It is worth it if you can afford it or your insurance can pay for it, is not a cure for movement disorders, but it can help manage it in some cases.
Meditation is a great way to help manage stress and clear your mind. There are many methods, types, and believes about meditation including Mindfulness Meditation, Breath Watching, Walking Meditation, and Empty Mind Meditation, and Transcendental Medication. You can join a group, or do it alone for no cost.
Music therapist and researchers have known for a long time the impact music can have on our lives. There is special music for sleeping, relaxing, energizing, and to help with obsessive thoughts. Paco Bell Cannon can help change obsessive thoughts or calm you down when you are angry, so you can move on with the day. Rock and Roll has been known to energize people but so can Jewish Folk Music, so you will have to explore different music to find out what works for you.
Physical exercise can help your muscles relax, can reduce your nervous energy, and can help you become fit. You can run everyday, which is what many people with ADD or ADHD do, or you can join a gym with a trainer. Physical therapy may help you to gain strength and help you cope. Taking long walks each day will help you with physical exercise, can be a walking meditation, and will help you sleep at night.
Journaling and Art is a great way to reduce stress, clear your mind, and can give you a way to cope with the rest of the day. It can provide you with space to write your creative ideas down that you can use at a later date. You can write three pages a day everyday without worrying about spelling, sentence structure, and paragraphs. Showing up everyday on the page will help you to put all the garbage on the page, so you mind can be clear for the rest of the day and you can be productive.
The coping skills listed can help you reduce stress and can improve your health but it is up to you to find out which one works for you. I will discuss them in more detail at a later date.