Iâ€™ll never forget the morning I woke up and couldnâ€™t move from the neck down. When I tried it was so painful, I had to call my brother in law to come to my home and help me get the kids off to school and go to the ER. I had been stressing out quite a bit and I was having muscle spasms that I just shrugged off instead of stopping to exhale, exploring what it could be and trying to eliminate it. When I got to the ER they did a few tests and gave me a muscle relaxer along with some Tylenol with codeine and I went into woozy land! I was diagnosed with severe muscle spasms to my neck & shoulders and Torticollis = Stiff neck caused by spasmodic contraction of the muscles of the neck; wryneck. That experience was one of the most painful experiences outside of labor that Iâ€™ve had to endure. It took weeks for me to get back to normal and I ended up going to my chiropractor on a weekly basis for acupuncture, heat treatments, electronic healing wave, adjustments and massages. My muscle spasms were stress induced. Today I had to stop and take a look at me because Iâ€™m getting muscle spasms frequently again and donâ€™t want to repeat history. I actually hate (I know itâ€™s a strong word) hospitals! Iâ€™ve had a phobia for years. My youngest son was born in a birthing center just for that reason.
The first thing I realized is I need to take a look at whatâ€™s triggering my stress, and what I can do to lessen or eliminate it. I have a very hectic schedule due to work, family life and my blogging, networking and social media commitments. I do need to streamline how I do these events and eliminate what isnâ€™t absolutely necessary. I am a HUGE procrastinator, which spills over into my disorganization at times. I REALLY need the â€œJust Do Itâ€ mentality and stop the â€œIâ€™ll get to itâ€ attitudeâ€¦ and as far as my disorganization goesâ€¦ Thatâ€™s always a work in progress for me! I must say that I am really taking control of my punctuality; I used to be late for EVERYTHING and always juggling tasks. Iâ€™d always tell people I was punctually challenged! Ha! Iâ€™m now on time (most of the time) and I still juggle things, I guess I need to take a look at that next. I also need to take my diet into consideration as well as trying to remember to take my daily multi vitamin. Iâ€™m always looking for ways to simplify my life with cooking, time management, my sleeping habits etc. If you have any ideas shoot them my way. I donâ€™t ever really relax until I get home in the evenings and that can be hard with four children sometimes, because as soon as I get through the door they want or need me for something. I have been thinking about starting my yoga classes again, Iâ€™m sure that can help with relaxing and stretching my body.
Well for now, Iâ€™ll stop and exhale! Iâ€™m going to make an appointment to see my chiropractor or massage therapist and try to take it easy. The last thing I need to do is to wake up and not be able to move! If you have any homeopathic remedies to relax muscles, Iâ€™m open to them. Does stress take a physical toll on you? How do you deal with your stress?