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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