Highly Stressful Times

Self Care Tips For Highly Stressful Times

1. Go for a 15-minute walk during a lunch or coffee break. Take other opportunities to be physically active.[line_break]
2. Eat sensibly. Avoid excessive use of caffeine and alcohol. Drink plenty of water and juices.[line_break]
3. Know and respect your limits. If you feel exhausted and need time off, take it. Respect commitment for regularly scheduled time off.[line_break]
4. Spend time with family and friends. Talk to them. Listen to their stories. Listen to them if they become concerned with your health and well-being.[line_break]
5. As much as possible, continue to participate in previous social and recreational activities. [line_break]
6. Get some rest. If you have trouble sleeping, get up and do something relaxing or enjoyable.[line_break]
7. Be on the lookout for any changes in your habits, attitudes and moods.[line_break]
8. Include yourself on the list of people you are taking care of. Take some time to do something just for yourself every day. Taking care of yourself will put you in better shape to give care to others.

9. Be self-nurturing and don’t forget to laugh

From the Public Health Agency of Canada

Linda Edgecombe, CSP
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Linda Edgecombe
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6 thoughts on “Self Care Tips For Highly Stressful Times

  1. Hi Linda,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I understand how these traumatic events shape our thoughts and actions. Two years ago when we learned that my grandbaby Ruby Lou was born with Cystic Fibrosis it sent us for a tailspin like no other. Besides becoming obsessed with learning all we could about this terrible disease quite frankly we went through the motions of that first year in a state of shock as we came to terms with what CF would mean for her life and ours too. And as you say, SUDDENLY things that seemed so important a moment ago are now not even on your radar.

    I thank The Lord that your husband is alive and recovering. I guess it’s true that “what doesn’t kill us really does make us stronger”.

    God Bless You both.

  2. message*Hi Linda, sorry to hear about Kevin. I’ve had a similiar experience Sep 21st when my youngest son (23) was in a serious motorcycle accident – 3 weeks before running my very first marathon in san Fran. he was unconscious when i arrived at the hospital after a gruelling bumper to bumper ride to the hospital. he suffered broken back, spinal cord injuury, 6 broken ribs front and back, nerve damage, broken wrist and forearm, broken bone under arm, broken shoulder, lesions to his legs, tingling in his feet, injury to his left foot…. i was grateful to find him alive. for a week we didn’t know how serious his back injuries were, then they decided to put 2 pins in his back and 10 screws, and plates in his wrist/forearm….. the rest of the bones had to heal on their own…. the risk was that he may never walk again, he decided to go ahead with surgery, and grateful that he could walk with the use of a cane. I became his 24 hour nurse and hearing his yells of pain more at night got me in tears knowing there was nothing i could do but to try and keep him comfortable, after 2 surgeries 2 days later was released in my care. My home became a revolving door, and i became the everything… helping him with his showers and helping him putting clothes on and changing his bandages, and bedding every day, and refreshing his room as he could hardly walk with a cane by himself, i had to help him with everything….. making food and always having plenty for all his friends who were spending time with him and helping him keep sane …. so the week before the marathon i was lucky to get 1 hour of sleep at night…. but again i was grateful he was alive… and i ran my first marathon in 4:46 in San Fran…. although the night prior i didn;’t know how i could add any more stress to my already run down body….somehow i dug deep enough to complete my very first marathon and i did raise $10, 476 for Leukemia Lymphoma….
    Reading your story brought tears to my eyes as it brought back my own personal experience and memories.

    Thank you for sharing, and know that i truely understand what you are going through…. somehow it brings us back to reality and assess what is truely important in the moment, and reminded me to be grateful for what i had because i know it could have been a lot worse.

    I hope Kevin gets better and grateful that you shared your story …. life is telling you to take time to enjoy what you have today.

  3. Sorry to hear of your husbands accident….it certainly does take the right attitude by both to make it through these awful unforeseen situations…..but as a good friend has said many times…at least we are on this side of the green grass, be thankful for all we have in our lives….take care and I enjoy your blog…Mara

  4. I enjoyed your email…….hang in there…….these challenges too shall pass.

    Take care

    ps you must have awesome motivational speeches. Keep up the great work!

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