Stress Had Me Running

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For the sake of sharing a nice photo on Facebook, I just made it look easy but the fact is this race is exhausting!. LOL

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine” from personalities, famous individuals or a close friend who take stress as mere “laughing stuff” and smiling their way out of it. Sadly I needed more than humor.  Let me share how I bail my way out.

But before providing research data what factors that pile it up, here’s a quick story of my struggle with stress.

Fight or Flight
Back when I started working on my new area of responsibility as a security, the management had implemented a 12-hour shift since there were only of two of us. The work demanded more from me and my buddy but we aint’ complaining – not when the paychecks give us more luxury than we could afford before.

And it was not far down that my body started to feel strange sensations.

I remembered in 2010 that my boss had to watch over the post because my legs could not keep up with me standing for a couple of minutes. I felt so weak and had myself being tested with electrocardiogram to check if my heart is fine.

The doctor found nothing or whatsoever which could cause heart problems.

Unsure of what might be causing it, I asked for a second opinion.

But the medical test results were still the same. So the doctor advised a half a month rest and  take daily suppliments.

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At the far right - trying my best to enjoy the Cristmas party in a depleted state of mind. I agree with you I looked like a zombie.

It wasn’t over yet. A simillar event occured in December the same year while I was enroute on a bus for my hometown. The driver had to pull over in front of a local hospital where I checked in for a night.

At that moment I realized that it could be something else. If it was heart problems then why were the tests negative?

Looking back on my priorities, something made sense to me – a self induced stressor called “frustration”. Immediately following my leave, stress had me running for my dear health.

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Me and my buddies here looking pretty good on a half-marathon race.

Really!

Five kilometers the shortest up to 21 kilometers being the longest. There is no way I can keep up paying hospitalization and even if I can, eventually, I’ll end up broke. A pair of used shoes was all I needed and from that moment on  I advocated the means and ways of running healthy.

See Also: Huffington Post – How Does Exercise Reduce Stress by Meredith Melnick

Gathered On Me
In a research data I read which came from the American Psychological Association (APA) website  http://www.apa.org, several causes contribute to  stress.

Mine was like a timebomb.

One perplexing experience and the buildup just came tumbling down leaving me abdominal issues, dizzyness and loss of appetite.

Getting my act together was a struggle because I was confused with whats going on with me. But thankfully enough, it spared the intimate moments with my wife.

Learn More:
Definition of stress and
5 Tips to Manage Stress by APA.org

Before it starts messing around and cause trouble, consider the ways to help oneself recover. A case like mine with limited financial resources, running was the easiest response I could come up with to manage my frustrations and anxieties.

Was I cured?

No.

Stress for me has no cure. Practicing yoga, having a weeks vacation, writing a blog post and doing just about anything that takes someone’s load off will greatly improve a stressed persons health.

Run daily, healthy.

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Want Ice Cream? Sell Ice Candies!

“Arouse in others an eager want…”

Dale Carnegie

This is not a running related post. I thought I’d share something about parenting and selling.

A couple of weeks ago my wife wanted to earn some money and got the idea of selling ice candies. My initial reaction was to procrastinate. Of course I don’t want her roaming around almost all day selling under the heat of the midday sun!

But she still got me to agree with her by reasoning to me to have a local store take a cut out of the total sale.

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I just had a good lecture of how to make people do what you want them to. Our tiny business got off well and my wife was pleased with it. But there’s a small dint to it – the kids are literally eating their way through our income!

At first there’s just one piece, no big deal.

The next day, one in the morning then another at night.

Then on the following day, when I woke up early, I was surprised to see my son holding this piece of ice candy – on our bed!

We have ourselves a losing streak here! You might have guessed how my wife reacted. Nope she was not mad at the kids. She was upset with me!

WHY?

“I don’t want them to grow up deprived of what they need to experience.” she says.

“Hey look, we’re on the same side here so please don’t get me wrong. I do want them to have those ice candies but not on the expense of losing your investment.” I replied.

My wife needed to be acknowledged of her correct ideas. But there has got to be a better way.

So I told her to listen, if she’s willing to learn, and I’ll give her and the kids what they want.

I sat in front of the children and  engaged them in a calm and logical conversation which goes:

me: Is mama’s ice candy delicious?
kids: Yes!
me:  How about halohalo? ( their eyes fired up with anticipation)
kids: Why pa? You gonna buy us yummy halohalo? (..tch smart kid..lol!)
me: Nope, I don’t have money right now but instead you can have one if you save some money out of selling the ice candies. (gotcha!)
kids:  ….uh huh… ( what???? )
kids:  how much we need pa? ( now were getting somewhere…) me: It’s only 55 pesos and …

I continued explaining to them a simple computation and they catched on pretty quick. Immediately the craving stopped, business saved and a happy wife!

Run daily, healthy.