Life is about CHOICES …

… And not one person that I know chooses to be stressed. It’s just something that happens based on the circumstances of life. What we can choose to do is to manage that stress. The prescription for stress management isn’t a one size fits all kind of thing. It’s different for everyone, but there are several things that work for a lot of people. My favorite thing to do is to make a list. I can see what I need to do in black and white; then I can physically cross things off the list and it feels great! Exercise is another one of my favorites. Spending 30 minutes on the elliptical is a great break that also doubles for great physical health.

Now you’re probably saying, “Who Cares? If it’s all a choice, I choose not to manage my stress. That’s too much work” Well, that may not be the best choice. Stress has physical effects on the body that aren’t necessarily fun. Some things that I personally experience include: headaches, upset stomach, tight muscles (particularly in my back), trouble sleeping. Those small things can add up, and show themselves in other ways as well; personally, it’s shown itself in me with a painful case of shingles.

I know I’m not the norm. Besides, everyone’s body reacts to stress differently. Check out this article from WebMD on how stress could affect you!

Another choice to make is to decide to get your flu shot! I got mine this morning, and Truman got his! You should, too!

If you’re a student at Mizzou, you can call the Student Health Center at 573-882-7481 to schedule and appointment to get yours for only $12! Call today!

you’re the scum between my toes

We all have that person (at least one) who used to be a part of our lives, and then something changed, could have been anything. Now, any time you see them, your whole body tenses up, your heart races (not in a good way).

I have this person, and lucky me, they also go to Mizzou. I’m not even really sure what happened with us, but I can no longer stand to be around them. I’ve gone quite a while without seeing them. I blocked them on facebook so I couldn’t creep; I thought I had moved on from the past. Then I saw them.  I didn’t even notice them at first, but then they made a not-so-nice, unprovoked comment to me. My whole body tensed up, my heart raced, and I couldn’t sit still through my next class, I was constantly fidgeting. I was suddenly overcome with furious anger for no other reason than their presence and one word comment.

It wasn’t until I went back through the notes that I took during the class following the incident that I realized how much that that five second encounter affected me physically (i.e. my notes were illegible). It was then that I realized how fidgety I was; I hadn’t paid a lick of attention, so my mind was elsewhere, too.

What gets me the most is that the comment they made was unprovoked. That is the kind of stuff that I dealt with in high school. Is it too much to ask that we grow up and at least act like young adults?

I’ve Got A Golden Ticket!

I mentioned before about how crazy busy our world is. We want it all, and we want it all now. Again, everything in life takes time, and it’s usually worth waiting for. Amidst all of the political ads that I’ve been seeing on television, I began to notice the advertisements for pharmaceuticals. No matter what is wrong with you, there’s a medication out there to fix it, and “most patients see results within a week.” Don’t get me wrong, I take medication on a daily basis, and I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with taking medication. I just don’t understand how some of these things can take effect so incredibly quickly. It’s like that tiny pill is suddenly a “fix-all,” and there is nothing left to work on.

I disagree.

Like I said, I do take medication on a daily basis, but I still work toward things to improve myself and my health on a daily basis. After a recent blood test, I have altered my diet so that I am taking in the amount of nutrients that are appropriate for MY body. I know that even though I am on medications, I still have to work for a lot of things. One little pill doesn’t even begin to fix everything because there are just as many parts of a solution as there are contributors.

Now, I’m not saying to stop taking your medications. I’m just saying to explore other options to help as solutions for your problems. I take low dose anxiety medicine, but I also schedule my studying so that I leave myself an appropriate amount of time to study AND sleep, as well as working out on a regular basis so that I can work to relieve some daily stress.  Those also help to manage other parts of my health as well, so it’s a win-win.

What are YOUR options? I encourage you to research them and then talk to your doctor to create a plan that works for you. Next time you see one of the pharmaceutical commercials, take it with a grain of salt; there’s no such thing as a magic fix-all, just as there’s not a golden ticket.