There are some days where I feel like I could take over the world and then other days I want to curl up on my couch, cry for no apparent reason and just have a pity party. The later happens once in a blue moon. Thankfully! However, I’m learning to pinpoint why it happens and how to knock it clean out of the ballpark (that was really weird of me to use a sports analogy from a sport I’m not a fan of). Here’s how I’m learning to combat what I’m simply calling The Overwhelm.
I do a lot on a daily basis in terms of healthy habits so that my immune system is always boosted, decides not to attack itself for the day with the lovely sidekick called MS that I live with and function at optimal levels so I can continue to challenge myself fitness wise. The minute I decide to sacrifice sleep or have a new symptom that I’m learning to treat or work/life stress builds up in the slightest and I find myself combatting The Overwhelm.
I’m currently tackling fun MS symptoms like digestion health and bladder problems (I won’t get into details until I’ve got it figured out) but it means I have to add more things to my daily regime. This threw me into a “stress whirlwind” the other day and I honestly started whining the following statements. “I do so much already why do I have to do more things to take care of myself”, “I thought I had MS figured out” and “everything was going so well why more?”
After I had my pity party which included whining to a friend, full on pouts and a few tears I Alpha Femaled up (yes it’s now a verb) and told myself to just figure it out. My friend recommended actually writing out all my health habits so I have a visual reference. Everything is in my head but just the act of putting it on paper took the stress off my brain to have to remember. So now my Healthy Habits lives on my fridge so I can start the day off reminding myself of everything I do to have a healthy day.