Thursday, September 3, 2015


We all tend to get them.  Some of us hide from them.  Some of us self-medicate.  Some of us drink them away.  Introducing the one and only all encompassing visitors of the night, give it up for stress-aches.

Have you ever woke up on the wrong side of the bed with a stiff neck and sore shoulder?  How about that back that just aches after a long hard week in a stressful job?  Maybe, its the constant headaches that build up and bring you to your knees?

There are a number of things that show up as stress-aches.  From back pain, to digestive issues to headaches, colds, stomach illness and everything in-between. These can be chronic issues that flare up and drive us to the brink of our endurance.

We all know them when they show up.  Yet, we don't always seem to connect why they are showing up with what is happening in our life.  Hey, I'm just like the next person.  I tend to minimize all that is going on around me or in my life.  I pretty much fail to see the connection to the pains and aches and stress-aches that are happening in those moments.

One of the best things you can do when you are struggling with stress-aches is go through a list in your mind or on paper of all that is happening in your life.  You can do it for a few days prior to this moment or a month or year.  The time frame isn't as important as sitting down and seeing what is happening at that moment.

Believe me, we all tend to skip this part.  We really don't see what is going on in our life, even though we know it.  It's an insidious part of our existence.  That's why the first question you should ask when dealing with stress-aches (pain, headaches, digestive issues, etc.) is what has been happening in my life.

If you begin to make the connection with what has been happening in your life and the physical issues you are facing, most likely you will see a connection.  You may need to open your eyes a little wider to see it, but more than likely it is there.

Just doing this one little connection with stress-aches can transform your life and alleviate some pain or physical issues.  Just noticing them helps give you more information to make better choices in your life.  Maybe you have to endure the circumstances at the moment, but maybe there is also another way through the situation that you haven't seen.

Before reaching for a pain pill or another self-help med, try asking yourself what is happening in your life?  Be truly honest with yourself in the answer.  Then allow yourself to begin working out different scenarios to deal with the situation in a more healthy way.

Making the connection between stress-aches and what is going on in your life, may require change, but in the end your health is worth it.  We've only got one body in this life time and if we take care of it, it will serve us well.

Blog Post And Images (c) 7/24/15 by Don Shetterly

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