I have recently been sort of absent from blogging, but the truth is that I have been sort of absent from lots of the things I enjoy doing. My cooking and crafting have been at an all time low these past few months due to my high stress levels. I am just now getting back to cooking every night and crafting after about a two or three-month hiatus.
As you know, I got married in March. We went to Vegas to avoid the stress and cost of a big wedding (mainly because that just doesn’t suite us). We managed to keep things pretty low-key, but a fair amount of stress inevitably peaked its way in – After all, I had to meet my mother-in-law for the first time at 11 PM the night before the wedding. Plus there is something extremely stressful about making wedding decisions, even if you don’t care much about it.
What you may not know is that while The Boy and I were getting engaged on New Years Eve, my father was being admitted to the hospital. He got a staph infection on his spine that spread to his heart. Initially he was in the hospital for 7 days receiving medication and then he was allowed to go home, with limited mobility because of the risk of heart failure. The doctors were waiting for his infection to subside before performing valve replacement surgery on his heart.
Three and a half months later, he is well oh his way to a full recovery from surgery! Our whole family is so relieved.
The amazing thing about stress is that it really consumes you. I just now feel like I am taking a breath for the first time in three months. I am just now getting back into my routines, doing the things that relax me and that keep me stress free. It’s funny that everything I do to keep myself in-check and minimally stressed are the first things to go when I actually get really stressed.
I ended up getting extremely sick and am finally recovering from that. I guess I have learned a valuable lesson about my body under stress – No matter what is going on in my life, I really need to make sure to prioritize my organizing, healthy eating, working out, and even my down time.
Do you find yourself abandoning the things that relax you when you get stressed?
:: thanks ::