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    Default How do you manage stress?

    Just wondering what everyone does to manage the stresses in their life. Big or small. I'm not very good at managing my own, I get nervous poos . It's so annoying.

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    Not well... Sorry. But seriously I too have issues with stress and get physical side effects as well.

    For me when I start feeling overwhelmed by everything and the stress building I stop what I am doing, make sure DS is safe. I close my eyes and exhale. Then breathe in to a count of 4, hold for a count of 7 and then exhale on a count of 8. I repeat this as many times as I need to to clam down. No idea where I got it from, read it somewhere. But it helps slow my breathing and heart rate. Gives me something else to think abut for a few minutes and seems to help.

    Long term though I'm trying to let things go more. I'm struggling.

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    I wish I could, I mostly hate going out in public though. I stress about that, then I get the nervous poos, then I stress about not being about to get to a toilet. It's a vicious circle. I do eventually manage to get out and sometimes it's not a problem at all. I can't work myself out. It's really annoying. I sometimes think I could become a hermit quite easily and that makes me sad.

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    Fitness! I find whenever I'm stressed I take some time out to go for a walk or ride. Headphones in, play some music and just walk. If I have the kids, I'll put them on their bikes or pram and just keep going.. It's amazing how much some fresh air, exercise and sun can do for stress.

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    I second fitness. I find I'm a lot happier once I'm exercising regularly. I rejoined a gym yesterday as my pnd is getting worse and after today's workout I feel so much better.

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    Walk, yoga with YouTube because I have no confidence in a joining a class just yet, gym when it's quiet, listening to podcasts, watching a movie. Going to naturopath will hopefully be good thing I've just started. This is opposed to my usual easy way pre ivf which is eat chocolate and drink wine. Lol. I also have 1/8 of my bowel left and can sometimes be best friends with the toilet all day

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigZ View Post
    I wish I could, I mostly hate going out in public though. I stress about that, then I get the nervous poos, then I stress about not being about to get to a toilet. It's a vicious circle. I do eventually manage to get out and sometimes it's not a problem at all. I can't work myself out. It's really annoying. I sometimes think I could become a hermit quite easily and that makes me sad.
    Have you considered that you might have social anxiety? Have you spoken to a doctor about the possibility?

    Sorry, don't have much advice as I'm no good in social situations and don't like going out in public by myself either. I just try to remember that there are no where near as many eyes on me as it feels like and I stay mindful of how I'm feeling. I can keep myself calm enough by being consciously rational, if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigZ View Post
    I wish I could, I mostly hate going out in public though. I stress about that, then I get the nervous poos, then I stress about not being about to get to a toilet. It's a vicious circle. I do eventually manage to get out and sometimes it's not a problem at all. I can't work myself out. It's really annoying. I sometimes think I could become a hermit quite easily and that makes me sad.
    I used to be exactly like this. Especially in high school. The nervous tummy would disappear as soon as I got near a toilet. I was taught a similar breathing technique to a PP. And it did help take my mind off the panic that there was no toilet around and did actually make me relax.

    Sounds more like anxiety than stress. Have you thought about seeing a counsellor or your GP? I think finding and treating the cause is often more important than learning to cope with it, but that's just me.

    Good luck OP, it's an awful way to be. I get that way sometimes still but not as often but that's probably because I don't have the triggers I had in high school

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    Yoga is amazing, it helps not only during the practice but after it too.

    Going out for a run/walk or your preferred exercise is also great, although I find this only works temporarily as an instant mood enhancer and/or to get your mind off things.

    For really stressful situations, using deep breathing techniques is very good to help you calm down physically and mentally.

    And I'll be the first to admit that after a stressful day, a glass of wine definitely takes the edge off! Obviously not a long term solution though!! (And unsuitable pregnant etc).

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    To be honest I never really considered social anxiety and I have spoken to my GP and he has told me to eat more fibre and drink more water... Meh. I really want to go out shopping now but I just don't want to as well haha maybe I'm just loosing the plot.


 

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