and how I cope with a mental disorder.
- Money, although there always is some but yet wham, the unexpected or balloon payment is due like say for your taxes. Mine are due in October. Think of something else. Don’t spend a dime. Save if one can, even pennies add up to dollars. I have definitely gotten better at saving this year. I stopped shopping for everything on Amazon and am being more frugal about going to the store for every little item. My husband was supposed to take over the bills because of my disorder but it hasn’t happened and never will probably.
I don’t work so I have more time to find coupons and deals when we do spend. He makes a decent income so if I am careful I can really tuck some money away if I’m careful.
I know I am blessed. I can’t imagine being single and having to rely on my disability income which I get $1,000 a month.
2. Sickness and getting older. I am not as fit as I used to be but am getting back on track. But I have been dealing for the past two weeks with a new medical problem surrounding digestive issues and am really trying to avoid going to the doctor right now because of lack of insurance (see #3) at least until October 1.
To combat this stress I try to eat healthy all the time with the occasional goodie. I also am now exercising 4x a week on average. I am gardening, walking and doing yoga throughout the week. This helps my getting in better shape and also helps mental alertness and health. Today was a rest day and all I wanted to do was to rest but I am in the middle of several projects around the house and rose garden so it was actually harder than I thought it would be to take a day off but my body needed the rest. So back at it tomorrow!
Although this can stress me out a lot I am learning that the key to my happiness is acceptance.
Now i am much more motivated to do the healthy things that I am doing. Which in the past it has really been problematic to just sit all day and do nothing, now I do rest in the mornings but do get busier later in the day. So it is good that I am treating my body better because I have really been sick a lot and it has caused me to make sure I do all I can to be healthy.
I might go to the doctor this week. We shall see how things go but this relates to #1 the money stress with doctor bills and testing they might want to do.
3. My parents. I accept they will not always be around but my dad is paralyzed on his left half of his body and my mom is a fighter but is still very frail yet tough as a bird!
How I combat this stress is by spending as much time with them as I can and appreciating every moment.
4. Kids and husband. Kids is easy to combat. All the work I put in when they were growing up has paid off and although I might not agree with all their decisions I am very proud of the 3 of them. Interestingly enough, my disorder did not kick in until I was 38 and I was only lost to the world for a year of being psychotic. Husband is one of my kids ha ha so ditto for him.
I also stress over the unexpected busy day, making sure I take all my meds, doing all I can for my family and friends even when an interruption comes at an inconvenient time. I used to turn off my phone, which I still do, but I do take calls when I can as needed to be a good friend!
Well that is the main stuff. What are some things that stress you out and how do you cope? Comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bless you all! Of course I pray a lot too and try to trust what God is doing. But it isn’t always easy to do.