Healthier Stay

I Recharge in…The Twilight Zone

Posted in Newer Posts,PFAM by Healthier Stay on May 17, 2013
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Rod Serling helps me to get back on my feet, by way of, The Twilight Zone.

Rod Serling helps me to get back on my feet, by way of, The Twilight Zone.

Submitted for your approval, as a part of the Patient For A Moment May 2013 Blog Carnival.

The Topic this month is, “How do you recharge when you need a break due to illness?”

This may seem nutty or out of this world but when I am exhausted, flaring or just completely fogged out I can’t concentrate.  One of my favorite ways to escape is reading, the only problem is that I straight up can’t concentrate from one word to the next.  As a chronically awesome person I battle my own attention span in so many ways due to: fatigue, pain, pain medicine, steroid therapy, brain fog, constant doctors appointments, bills…and…what was I talking about again? Yeah, that happens all of the time. Seriously I’ve found myself watching hours of How It’s Made episodes and not knowing what I’ve seen. Luckily the trivia vault in my brain functions on autopilot and I remember random facts days later whenever I need to school my friends, but I digress.

I used to love to watch YouTube videos on my computer but that can get out of hand and is rather unfulfilling. One day I was flipping through NetFlix and stumbled upon classic American television, The Twilight Zone! The Twilight Zone is perfect for my recuperation days because it’s an anthology series, there are over 100 episodes and it is always unpredictable. One episode shows a man betting his soul, another can tug your heatstrings as children pick out their new “electric grandmother” and still another teaches me to live my life as it happens rather than following superstition.

Rod Serling was a genius. Not only because he wrote over 75% of the episodes but because he created a series of shows that can be watched back to back with little to no boredom. I am constantly intrigued by the way he can spin a compelling story in 22 minutes, just long enough before my mind starts a-wandering. It’s like he knows me.

This may seem like a silly post but I researched it this week. I just had several major dental procedures done and I spent an inordinate amount of time on my couch. Whenever I came back to consciousness I flipped on my pal Rod. He always has a story for me and I even found myself thankful for the life I have, rather than living in that strange dimension where store mannequins have memories and Robert Redford guides old ladies to the hereafter, that place they call, The Twilight Zone.

Once I have traversed all of the twilight dimensions I may have to see what Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Taking Down A Zombie Clown

I just killed a zombie clown, I double tapped him and everything! This might sound a bit fanciful or extreme, but it’s really not, it’s stress relief. I have a variety of activities that help me relieve the strain of everyday life and chronic pain: reading, walking my dogs, watching movies (like Zombieland), hanging out with friends and shooting.

In my younger life, I was a competitive pistol shooter. My dad and I would train several weeks a year and I would compete at one big event and several small tournaments inOhioandMichigan. Other than spending quality time with Daddio, I learned a valuable skill that could protect and provide for my family. I have always enjoyed my time on the range, it has taught me to be patient, relax and learn to calm myself in stressful situations. I truly am never calmer than when I am centering myself on the range.

Finding a way to deal with life’s trials and tribulations is imperative. Without activities that make me feel better, stronger and more at ease with myself, my life would suck and I would probably have a heart attack. No matter how strong we are, we need to be able to let off a little steam, so the pressure won’t make us explode. Shooting is a family sport for our clan. We all handle ourselves on the range, but more importantly, we all trust each other and know that we have been taught to respect and appreciate the weapon and the safety initiatives involved. That makes it better for me, I know that I can trust my range partner and enjoy my day.

I stopped shooting for several years because I was too sick. While I had plenty of other activities to help me deal with my stress, I still really missed it. Once I was able to get back out there I instantly felt better. I don’t get out as much as I used to, but I’m working on that. I’m also going to teach several of my girl friends the basics of pistol shooting.  It’s going to be a blast! Heh heh heh… It’s also going to be a great way to spend time with my best friends and teach them a skill that they may never try on their own. That’s exciting to me. I am in a place where I can share a cherished pursuit with people who will really appreciate what it means to me.

What do you do for stress relief? The chronic community has more than its fair share of stress. Finding a way to loosen the tension is crucial to our health and mental well being. Having a regular activity that helps alleviate some of the burden can make a huge difference in the lives of loved ones, friends and patients. How do you get rid of stress in your life? I would love to hear about what works for you and what doesn’t.  Please share in the comments or on my website, FB or Twitter. I can’t wait to find out what hobbies you enjoy.

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