Hey, I’m not the only one – Excerpts from “Lisa B.” - it’s just good to hear about others using similar strategies as me (and probably for many others) for stress reduction and health. Note: I’m not necessarily endorsing one method over another. Everyone’s got different ways that work for them etc.
Excerpts from “Lisa B.” (VHL Alliance vhl.org Blog Page – Thank you Lisa B.)
I found myself sitting and waiting, with no one to talk to and, oh yeah, I am blind. So I realized that I was focusing on my breathing and keeping myself calm and centered with the chaos of all of the 200+ children and families swirling around me... Finding my center and focusing on my breathing helps me keep calm
I have used the music and chanting from class before surgeries to help my mind stay focused and calm
My favorite posture is shavasana*, which is all about relaxation and absorbing all the energy and feeling your muscles tingle and knowing that you showed up for yourself
* also known as “Corpse pose is traditionally practiced at the end of a yoga sequence. It can however be used at the beginning to calm the body before practice or in the middle of a sequence to rest…”
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
What the science and research says about relaxation...
Borrowing excellent techniques from cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) can be really difficult to use (and “make fit”) totally on your own. (For me, I know this from working in Ontario child and family treatment centres, trained and experienced in CBT and other therapies. Moreover, I’m a VHL patient.) That’s why, as a self-help strategy, I like a practical acronym called N.U.T.S. I use it myself, so I hope others might find it helpful, too.
According to Centre for Studies on Human Stress (CSHS)*, “Scientific research has shown that 4 characteristics are present in a situation leading to a high production of stress hormones.” These 4 things don’t necessarily have to be present in order to induce a stress response. These researchers have come up with this acronym in order to remember this recipe: “stress is NUTS!”
First, “deconstruct” a priority stressful situation.
Is it something new you have not experienced before?
Is it something you had no way of knowing it would occur?
THREAT TO THE EGO
Is your competence [and likeability] as a person called into question?
SENSE OF CONTROL
Do you feel you have little or no control over the situation?
*My personal VHL example and responses
Articles on page 3*
Deconstructing and Reconstructing Stress … Scientific research has shown that 4 characteristics are present in a situation leading to a high production of stress hormones… to remember this ‘stress recipe’, we’ve come up with an acronym “stress is NUTS!
Déconstruire et reconstruire le stress …Pour vous permettre de vous rappeler de cette « recette du stress », nous avons développé ’acronyme « le stress, c’est du CINÉ! »
*I like a practical acronym called N.U.T.S. I use it myself, so I hope others might find it helpful, too.
According to Centre for Studies in Human Stress (CSHS)*, “Scientific research has shown that 4 characteristics are present in a situation leading to a high production of stress hormones.”
Happy Mother's Day!!!
"Everybody’s 'different'” when dealing with a chronic illness like VHL and with life in general. Situations and reactions may be different. You make your own decisions, etc.
I’m writing today to point out some articles on coping and stress. After several years of speaking to and following online accounts of many VHL peers in Canada, US, and the world, there are common themes or ideas that speak to me.
Coping with a chronic condition (Harvard Health)
Stress-busters (NHS UK)
Things to keep in mind (Centre for Studies on Human Stress / Centre d'études sur le stress humain