You know that sinking feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something is seriously wrong? Often accompanied by inability to focus on the here and now (your music, your kids, your grandkids, your partner), trouble sleeping, mind racing? Happens when you get bad news, when someone treats you like crap, when you think you’ve made a serious mistake, grief. It’s the fight or flight stress reaction. Today I got that sensation when I was playing my sax, trying to memorize a piece. I so struggle with memorization-always have-from the days of anatomy and trying to remember bones. Anyway, I thought,why the heck am I feeling this stress reaction playing music? I’ve felt it more often lately-stress at work mostly. It affects my sleep, I struggle to focus. It’s an energy sucker. I only have so much gas in my tank-I hate wasting it on this stress reaction. What can a person do? I’m not one that’s had success with meditation. There are some interesting tricks: I do love the one of pressing on the space above my upper lip below my nose. I think it’s so comical it helps for a second, but doesn’t last past the press. Focused breathing deeply always works, but again doesn’t last. Talking to someone, getting whatever off my chest occasionally works -and it lasts. There’s compartmentalization, denial – I’m not too good at those either. My PCP gave me Ativan to take before I go to bed, but I haven’t tried it. Actually, just having it in the cabinet has almost eliminated my need for it. Powerful stuff, eh – proximity without ingestion. Stress is a part of life. Unavoidable, part of the human condition. The challenge is to keep the cycle short, less frequent. How do people manage who have this sensation all day for days, weeks, months, years on end? Must be crazy making. Managing stress is a magic lever of best health.
Get New Posts via Email
Your support is appreciated
Subscribe to my YouTube channel:
Search This Site
EMR end-of-life grief caregiving health team evidence shared decision making ePatient habits HIT Nursing Medical Record employment consent OpenNote Pregnancy Community Health technology Giving Just-in-Time decisions safety engagement medication caregivers Best health resilience Health Planning disability care planning grace interoperability research improv music simulation customer service People at the Center of Care Simplicity Mentoring Surveys innovation MS health literacy leadership Rest catalyst Blue Button chronic pain fear Communication mindfulness questions PHR Standard Health Record cost community Data sax Quality Measures health partners portal adherence storytelling haiku threshold palliative care multiple sclerosis Recovery Outcomes access PCORI Advocates goals lived experience learning immigrants transitions Exercise balance standards choices magic lever entrepreneur Fibromyalgia Pain perception PROM Determinants of Health Pharma The Quadruple Aim Politics social media ONC relationships Behavioral Health Care Partner superpower culture policy informed decision-making