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My previous post was pretty anxious and depressive. I wrote Trying to escape my cancer thoughts. To sum it up I was really shaken after Kate Preston`s death, and I spent most of my time running away from my feelings. I was grieving in a way even though I didn’t know her. My walking was in the beginning rather obsessive. But I decided to continue with what has become a daily habit. To make my activities even more interesting I decided to invest in a Fitbit watch. To be honest it is super motivational and helps me proceed my work for a better health.
Fitbit charge 4 watch
I decided to subscribe for a Fitbit premium membership. It is rather expensive and it costs me kr 799 or approximately $ 80. But the membership is free until September, so I have time to decide whether I am going to continue my membership or not. The Fitbit watch comes with a tiny instruction book and a charger, and the set up is rather intuitive. You need a smart phone with Bluetooth and the app need access to your location, because it is tracking your activities by using GPS. Because of this you may have to charge your phone often.
The Fitbit premium app
The app is really easy to use. The syncing between the watch and the phone seems to be automatic when the watch and the phone are close to each other. But you can easily swipe your phone when you are visiting the app and the syncing will start.
The app is very easy to use. You can choose between different premium features like health and fitness stats, guided programs, challenges and adventures, workouts and last but not least mindfulness. Your chosen health and fitness stats will be shown at the watch.
At this early stage I am following the health and fitness stats. My watch tracks steps, pulse, REM sleep, hour slept, heart rates zones, burned calories and kilometers. The only thing you must manually log is the water and food you consume during the day. But that is totally up to you.
If you want to socialize with other Fitbit users, the app comes with a “community”. It reminds me a bit about Twitter.You can write and get private messages, and you can publish public messages.
The Fitbit watch
I struggled a bit with the watch in the beginning until I learnt how to swipe the screen. I often forget to log the type of exercise I am doing. It doesn’t really matter, because it seems like the watch discover whether I am walking briskly or running, when I am in fat burn or cardio modus or not. You can choose between exercises like run, bike, swim, treadmill, outdoor workout and walk. When you “tell” your watch what you want to do, it will vibrate one time for fat burn, two times for cardio and three times for peak. You can turn these vibrations off if you like, because these vibrations use a lot of power and you have to charge your watch often. The vibrations can be turned off at the watch. In addition can you easily connect to Spotify.
My super motivational Fitbit watch
I needed a change in my life and I wanted to become healthier. My main goal is to prevent a breast cancer recurrence and my daily goal is to walk minimum 10 000 steps. Since I started to use the watch the anxiety and the depression are not that overwhelming, and I actually sleep better at nights. The anxiety and depression are still there, but easier in a way. I am often using the mindfulness feature to calm down, and I don`t struggle with fatigue in the same way as I used to. But that is simply because I have become more aware of my activities, nutrition and my water intake. And in addition I have discovered the nature and been to places I have never been before, even though I have lived in this town for over two decades. So thanks to my super motivational Fitbit watch!
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I am really looking forward to it and hopefully some people find their way to the church. There are two other concerts in town so this is in a way a fight for the audience.
We are Chris Medina backing vocalists in this specific concert and we are going to perform Christmas songs like Silent night, Simply having a wonderful Christmas time, Hark the herald, What are words, O come Emmanuel just to mention a few. Chris Medina and his band are on a Christmas tour in Norway, so there are many choirs around in the country backing him up.
Before a concert
There are always some nerves before a concert and that is normal. You need a certain amount of nerves to perform, and afterwards you will get a feeling of relief. That feeling is the best feelings of all. I am always calm and tired in a good way. Gone is the stress and everything is feeling fine.
As a tradition the choir will have a pleasant time having a meal and a glass of wine or two in a cosy restaurant. I am really looking forward to that.
Before choir practice with Chris Medina…..
But first I have to read through the lyrics and look over my suit or dress. I can choose, but the color must be black and we are not aloud to use mini skirt. I am bit nervous about the lyrics, but hopefully I will remember the most of it. There is always a blackout when I am nervous…..
Now I am going to prepare to sing in concert with Chris Medina.
I am inspired by Quiltspace and Pinterest. There are many creative persons out there, and if you are just like me in need of inspiration, these apps are a must.
I am a person who always got a project going on. But in periods where I don’t exactly know what to do with my hands, I use Quiltspace and Pinterest.
Quiltspace is more of a social app where you can publish your quilt or patchwork projects, whether they are finished or not. And you can ask questions and get advices how to solve issues related to your project. So far I have just seen positive feedbacks, and that is good. I have just used the app a couple of months so it is maybe to early to tell.
Pinterest got no limits when it comes to creativity, and you can follow different categories and persons with interests in food, gardening, knitting, crochet, macrame, wood work, sewing tips, restorations and more. There is less or no contact between users of this app. I have just had one request during my three years on Pinterest, and that came from a man with other intentions than discussing hobbies…..
Pinterest has now opened up for sharing links from your affiliate merchants and your online store. But not every links you want to share are successful and are just ending up as a bold text. It just might be a restriction from your merchants. And some merchants do not accept links posted on Pinterest.https://breathingroom.blog/2019/08/22/careful-with-the-affiliate-links/
Despite the commercial, Pinterest is an inspiring app. I started with macrame because of Pinterest https://wp.me/pb4jAC-cv
At the moment I don’t know what to do next. So I will trawl the apps and I guess I soon will come up with something inspired from Quiltspace or Pinterest. It is all about to find something that will reduce stress.Chronic stress and diseases
The company was founded by Nicole Snow in 2008. What started with a single ball of handmade silk yarn and a desire to be the most creative version of herself. She wanted to and help others do the same. Darn Good Yarn has now grown into a global creative community.
What do they offer?
The company offers handmade yarn, crafting supplies, kits and monthly subscription boxes. The company also offer clothing and accessories such as sari and cotton wrap skirts. These are handmade by company’s employees in India.
I have previously written about how the company helps disadvantage people and veterans economically.
By definition, yarn is a thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and is used for knitting or weaving. But yarn is more than just thread or fibers, yarn is a story. From the beginning of its story while it is still being woven by the delicate hands of the company’s workers, to the middle as it passes from their hands to yours.
The end of the story is what you decide you want it to be. Whether you decide to buy yarn and turn it into your own creation, or if you decide to buy a ready-to-wear item. Darn Good Yarn sells more than just yarn because they believe in products with a story. Darn Good Yarn has fabulous art yarns in many unusually unique fibers, the materials for spinning, doll-making, rug hooking, jewelry making, fiber art, mixed media projects and more! If you need amazing craft supplies and want to support a great cause, you’re in the right place.
What is my passion?
My passion is yarn. I collect them just like other collect stamps, and the balls are laying in my shelves until the projects are popping up. I mostly knit sweaters and socks, but I crochet and weave too.
I have knitted a triangular shawl for a cold winter’s day.. It is very warm and an easy pattern. Anyone can knit it. I have used Nordlys from Viking for my shawl. I started this project a couple of years ago and have finally managed to finish it of. It may become a Christmas gift or I give it to the organizations that give care to the homeless….
I casted on 3 stitches on needle no. 3 (11). Because I want an even edge I never knit the first stitch in the beginning of each row. This shawl is knitted in garter stitch.
The shawl for a cold winter
The first row you knit 3 stitches. On the second row you take the first stitch off and over to your right needle. Then you take the yarn over the needle, knit one stitch, yarn over the needle and knit the last stitch.
The third row you knit five stitches. On the fourth row you take off the first stitch, yarn over the needle, knit one, yarn over the needle, knit one, yarn over the needle and knit one.
The fifth row you knit seven. You increase your work every other row with four stitches and then you just knit until you get the wanted size.
I crocheted the edge all the way around the shawl. In one stitch you crochet:
It is time to relax and when I do that I love to listen to nature sounds. I have found some weather recordings on Spotify, and use them every day.
When I got sleeping problems or just needs to calm down I put on my noisecancelling headphones. Gone is the noise from the traffic and neighbor’s dog….. Instead I can relax to calming waves, heavy rain, thunderstorms, birds or stormy weather. That is the best sleeping medicine.
If you struggle with the same problem, nature sounds may be the solution. It helps. Other apps like mindfulness may be helpful too, or maybe artists like Enya or Enigma. I have used Spotify for many years now. I find it hard to switch.
It is a great combination with wireless headset, Bluetooth and Spotify. Since the app can be used offline, I can play it everywhere where I do not have any WiFi connection. And I do not have to worry about mobile data costs.
Choir singing is mental hygiene because it improves the mental health. According to the scientists the oxygenation of the body increases, the muscles are stimulated and the endorphins and dopamine are released. The choir singer will get energy as well, feel more engaged and reduce stress. It is said to be a booster for “inter personal processes”. (Batt-Rawden, 2010).
A choir singer can´t sing as he or she is the soloist, because each voices have to blend in to each other. The choir are supposed to sing with one voice even when it´s not unison. Every choirs need an income, and the members have to contribute in some way. Because the choir need money to pay the conductor and to buy original music sheets.
Choir singing, yoga and mindfulness
I compare choir singing with yoga and mindfulness because they all got some similarities. You got to focus on your breath, the tongue- and body position, and were you actually place the tone.
As in yoga there are some hard positions. For a choir singer it may be the position of the tongue, because the tip should lay almost glued to the back of the lower teeth. That is a “position” I find difficult. When you are warming up the voice, you are at the same time trying to release stress and tensions in your muscles. These tensions can have a huge impact on your performance as a singer.
When it comes to body position it is important to wear some comfortable clothes and shoes. Personally I like to wear shoes with a small heel so I don´t tilt backwards. I also try not to sing in jeans, because the give to much tension to my belly.
It is very interesting how your mindset can contribute to a quality tone or not, so positive self talk is actually of importance as a choir singer too. https://wp.me/pb4jAC-3d
Some scientists say that singing in a choir may have a huge impact on the mental health in people, whether they got a psychological disease or not. (Clift & Hancox, 2010; Judd & Pooley, 2014). So if you struggle with depression or anxiety it may help to sing in a choir, or at least sing? And If you are not having any psychological problems it may prevent you from getting any? A Norwegian study shows that singing in a choir may give you an increased feeling of wellness and it does not matter what choir you sing in, level or the choir members background (Balsnes, 2009).
A conductor´s impact
I have been singing in a female choir as a 2.alto for many years, and my conductor for 12 years has been Kristin Kostopoulos. She was a professional opera singer, vocal coach and most of all she had ambitions for my choir. Her ambitions for the choir inspired the choir members to work harder and practice at home.
As a 2.alto I guess I would be miming when we did Sour Angelica of Puccini if it was not for her.
Kristin used to say that you had to place the tone up to the front teeth/ nose, and sing to the back of the room. She taught us to sing with an inner smile to lift the tone, and make it lighter. I have really experienced how the inner smile can make the difference of being in pitch or not. Kristin is conducting the choir in the you tube video I share with you below. Sadly Kristin passed away in 2016.
To be an amateur choir singer is pretty much voluntary, and like everything else you do in life, you can become tired of it. The choir is depending on you and because of this it may be hard to quit. For a period of time I did not get any energy of singing in the choir or felt any inspiration. So I ended up with no concentration, forgetting the text and so on. Well, I decided then to have a longer break to recover.
Now I am back and I really feel all the positive effects the scientists talk about. My energy levels have increased and it was really funny to be back. I am even singing at work again. After a rehearsal I am always feeling so relaxed and tired, but still full of energy. My head is full of music and text lines, and that can be a bit challenging when I am going to bed. So my conclusion is, that under the right circumstances choir singing is mental hygiene.
I must admit I am preparing christmas gifts in september. Normally this is far to early, but I hate the last minute shopping. It always ends in something I would regret. My golden rule is to buy something to other that I want for myself. With last minute shopping this rule is at stake, or I end up buying to expensive things.
Preparations for christmas
So why do I talk about christmas in september? This year I have decided to make most of the christmas gifts myself. My kids are out of the question, because it is hard to keep something secret. They don’t like for an example knitted sweaters even though it has been trendy for a longer periode. Knitting has got a renaissance these days, and there are many who didn’t learn to knit before they beca adults
I have knitted a pair of long socks after a pattern from Pt design. They are knitted in Pt 5 sport and contain 80% wool. That would be great on a cold winter’s day underneath a long skirt and boots with long shafts.
I love this pattern from Pt design, but sadly I can’t find it on their web site any longer. The pattern was free, so if you want the pattern you are welcome to e-mail me. I guess Pt design would not mind.
To be honest I made these socks during may. My first intention was to sell them. Then someone in my family told me how much they wanted the pair, so actually after a closer thought, I was thinking about christmas in may.
Table runner and table cloths
It is 12 years since I last time had a sewing project.
In my box of fabrics I found fabrics with christmas motives. It seems a little childish with baby bears pattern, but I love it. I have made the patchworl for the table runner and are now half way with the table cloth. When the patchwork is done I am going to quilt it. It will not be an advance quilt, but I will make it so easy as possible.
Other handmade gifts
I bought two sari skirts made in India. They are super light and very comfortable to wear. These skirts would be great for some cousins of mine who love to travel to warm countries like Spain, Italy or Greece.
So september is the month for finishing of some projects of mine, and I have only mentioned a few of them. But I also got a shawl and the Megan jacket.
So september is the month for preparing of the christmas gifts.
Finally weekend, and finally can I see the contour of the autumn. I love this time of the year with the beautiful colors and the constant shifting weather. In the northern part of Norway it is getting gradually darker. And I must say it is charming. I can finally light the candles and that is pretty evocative and cosy. But the best part of the autumn is that I got an excuse to sit indoor with my hobbies. Knitting is practical in the summer and I carry my knitting projects everywhere, but I am now having a longer break because my fingers are protesting. https://breathingroom.blog/2019/06/22/mental-hygiene/
Last sunday I just sat in my hobby room and didn´t know what to do next. Then my eyes catched my long forgotten sewing machine. Well, that is maybe the beginning for my sewing machine and sewing projects.
My sewing machines
I have always had an ambivalent relationship to any sewing machines. My first one was a Husqvarna, and it tore off the thread all the time or broke the needles. It ended up deep down in my closet. Well, that is why I one day for about 15 years ago, bought a Janome Jubilee 85.
It was an expensive, impulsive purchase, but I was lucky. What a difference? It even sews through thick multilayered jeans and denim fabrics. The machine also got an embedded «thread the needle» tool, so I don’t have to use a microscope to find the eye of the needle. So my conclusion is that anyone can sew. It is all about your sewing machine.
Projects 12 years ago
It is now approximately 12 years since I did my last sewing project, a baby diaper bag and a little blanket for the stroller.
A long break for the baby, but it included so much more.
Last sunday I was sitting in my hobby room, I recalled some beautiful vintage fabric in my box of fabrics. The fabric was precutted with super easy instructions for a rusty sewer.
I have made a few bags and some of them are not after the pattern, accept the 5 cm cut off in the corners of the bottom.
I am not a fan of the iron, but when it comes to sewing it is very important. It can be the matter of success or complete failure. Each and every seam edges are always gentIy pressed before the next sewing step.
The bottom and the sides are first sewn with zig zag seam. The pieces are then pinned together inside out, and the bottom and the sides are then sewn together with straight stitch. The seam allowance was 1.5 cm.
The bottom and the sides are now sewn together.
The top edge was folded over and my top edge was 3 cm when I was finished. I sew it first by hand before finished it of with the sewing machine.
The strap and rounded edge
I did sew the two pieces for the shoulder strap inside out. But 8 cm before total closure I stopped and cut the thread. I then turned the outside in and closed the opening by hand. If you want a rounded edge I recommend to make some tiny triangular cut offs in the fabric.
So this was my story about my sewing machine and sewing project.
Genealogy- which methods are best? Is it a data program, or pen and paper with access to a digital archive? I have tried them both and have made my conclusion. Genealogy is a time consuming hobby which make me forget time and space. My experience when it come to data programmes is My heritage, where names firmly pop up and make it so easy to collect information.
Genealogy in Norway
For many years ago I sign up for DIS-Norge, The Genealogy Society of Norway. This is the largest association for genealogists in Norway. The most famous database is Gravminner. This is the Norwegian name of the DIS Headstone database, which is one of the tools I have used the most. This is a free tool which DIS-Norge provides for their members, and others who are looking for their ancestors.
I have used The National Archives of Norway (Arkivverket) especially the Digital Archives (arkivverket.no/digitalarkivet). Here you can access censuses, parish records, emigrant lists, real estate registers, probate records, tax list and more.
The National Library of Norway has preserved copies of everything published in Norway, which have given me a lot of help. The library has preserved books, newspapers, magazines, photographs, phone books and even train schedules and election files. The web adress is http://www.nb.no. They recommend to send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org before visiting the library.
I have had a lot of help of the nationwide censuses held on regular basis. That mean that 1801, 1865, 1875, 1900 and 1910 are available online along with lists of males back to 1664. The web adress is http://www.arkivverket.no/digitalarkivet
Parish registers have been a valuable contribution to my reasearch and is very interesting reading. The priests started to keep records of baptism, marriages and funerals in the beginning of the mid-1600. Most of the registers can be found at media.digitalarkivet.no/en/.
“Village books” have been of invaluable sources for my genealogy projects. You get a good insight in how your ancestors lived.
The digitized genealogy research
Whether you want to search your ancestors “by hand”, or set up a digital programme you need a name. age, place and occupation. I have for may years been written my lineage chart by hand, but a couple of years ago I decided to give My heritage a try. You sign up and get a frontpage at the web site. You can write messages to other people through My heritage, and in some cases that is a nice feature. My heritage is not free and you got to pay a annual amount. Genealogy with a digitized method is really fast.
My heritage is very easy, and you don´t have to be an data expert to use it, and you can easiliy add names and other information.
The disadvantage with My heritage
As you work, you soon will discover other people searching for the same ancestors as you. The problem with My heritage is all the names popping up constantly, and you get suggestions from other people’s lineage chart. Then you have to decide to add the suggested names into your chart or dismiss them, even if you got the names in your chart or not. There are step mothers, step sons, sisters to an aunt or somebody´s uncle, four-,five and sixth cousins and so on and the question is; do I need all the information?
To be honest, I didn´t like these pop-up suggestions. I wanted to do my own research. My lineage chart became to big, because certain names actually doubled. In the end I was so confused. I could not remember who has been added to my chart or not, and it became so difficult to know whether I was really related to all of these people or not. The clues are in the documentation which you don´t have any access to at My heritage.
One lady wrote to me on my “My heritage” frontpage and asked why I dismissed her lineage chart, because they were correct. She seemed really furious about it…… On the other hand I may have misunderstood the purpose, but for me it was just disturbing.
My heritage promotes their DNA tests. But is that really necessary when I through my research find exactly where my ancestors lived?
Which methods are best?
I decided to change method and go back to pen and paper, which gives me better control and a better chance to remember the names. The digital archive in Norway has all the documentation I need and given me the access to the parish registers, censuses and the Headstone database.
I am so old now that my grandmothers and grandfathers have pasted away a long time ago, so I can´t use them as a source. Even they tried to tell us about their childhood in Lofoten or stories about their grandparents.
I just glance in the pattern every now and then. Everytime I am on a new project I am really keen to finish it as soon as possible. Therefore I always start with the sleeves first.
The sleeves are joined to the body at the armholes, and continued with a circular yoke. I prefer that, because I don´t have to use the sewing machine, and then cut the holes for the sleeves. The only sewing you make is by hand in the armholes.
Drops Karisma is a 4-threaded sports yarn and got a very good form stability. It is a superwash yarn, which means you can wash it in your washer machine at either delicate or wool program 40 degree. The yarn is very comfortable and soft. Itching has not been a problem. Each ball is 50 g. It is recommended to use needles at 4 mm (EU), 6 (US) or 8 (UK). The Setesdal´s sweaters with long collar can also be knitted in Darn Good Yarn´s Cascade superwash yarn. It is a perfect match. The cascade yarn must on the the other hand be washed at 30 degree Celsius, but it can be actually be tumbled dry.
I have used both my Setesdal´s sweaters a lot. The pattern differs a bit, because the white one got som beautiful lace at the edge of the body.
The Setesdal´s sweaters with long collar pattern
Knitted jumper with round yoke and Nordic pattern in DROPS Karisma. Size: S to XXXL.
The yard tree pattern is said to be over 200 years, and it is still very popular. My granny’s yard tree bedspread contains of four small blocks, sewn together to one large block. My grandmother had made a large bedspread for a double bed. I fell completely in love with it and decided to knit one for myself.
My bedspread projects
Well, it took me about 30 years before I started on my project, and another approximately two years before my granny’s yard tree bedspread was completed. I got a lot of others projects in between, especially sweaters, mittens and socks, but I completed it with a lot of music and many audio books.
I knitted my bedspread for a single bed in thin alpaca, which is a lovely yarn for this project. My bedspread is mainly grey, but there are some sparkles of pink and blue in it. It doesn’t unfortunately show in the picture. Even though the bedspread was made for a single bed, it became heavy when all the blocks were attached together.
I have now started on my bedspread number two also in thin alpaca, but this time in light beige. My granny’s yarn tree bedspread was knitted in 100 % cotton. You can choose the yarn and color you want, but I would recommend you not to use a yarn with a lot of colors. The beautiful pattern will almost disappear.
Yarn and needles
For my granny’s yard tree bedspread with the size of 2.05 x 2.05 m, you will need 1300 g of thin alpaca or 900 g of Solberg 12/4. For the alpaca you need needles number 3 for europe, and 11 for the US and UK. If you choose a 100 % cotton yarn, I recommend the needle size on the ball. My bedspread got 15 large blocks=60 small blocks.
Explanations to the pattern
SL1- K1- Pa1= Slip one stitch over to your right needle. Knit one stitch and pass the slip stitch over.
SL2-K1-Pa2= Slip two stitches over to your right needle. Knit one stitch and pass two stitches over
SL2= Slip two stitches
Pa1 = Pass one stitch over
K2 tog= Knit two together
Yon= Yarn over the needle ( to make a eyelit pattern on the next row) I use the term constantly whether you knit garter stitches or pirls.
K2 of 1 stitch. I pick up the back loop from the previous row and make a knit stitch. Then I knit stitch the original stitch.
(__________)= repeat from * to *
The pattern may make you dizzy, so I have marked the middle. Perhaps it will be easier for you to follow. My granny’s yard tree bedspread pattern demands full concentration, but it will be easier with time.https://wp.me/pb4jAC-q
* (SL1-K1-Pa1, Yon)* repeat until you got 3 stitches left SL1-K1-Pa2
SL1-K1-Pa1, Garter stitch, Knit until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
SL1-K1- Pa1, garter stitch until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
SL1-K1-Pa1, Garter stitch until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
* (SL1-K1-Pa1, Yon)* repeat until you got 3 stitches left, SL2-K1-Pa2
SL1-K1-Pa1, Garter stitch until you got 2 stitches left, K2 tog
Repeat the rows 65-72 five more times= 7 rows of eyelet pattern. You can choose whether you will alternate garter or pirl stitches. Personally I prefer garter stitches on the right side and pirl stitches at the wrong side.
Cast off 1 stitch on the edges on the right side. Cast off until you got 3 stitches, and finally cast off with SL2-K1-Pa2.
The lace to my granny´s yard tree bedspread
Cast on 10 stitches
SL1, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* repeat and end the row with Yon, K1
SL1, K1 * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* repeat and end the row with Yon, K1
SL1, K2, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat and end the row with Yon, K1
SL1, K3, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat -Yon, K1
SL1, K4, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
SL1, K5, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
SL1, K6, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
SL1, K7, * (Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat-Yon, K1
SL1, K8, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
SL1, K9, *(Yon, SL1-K1-Pa1)* Repeat- Yon, K1
Cast off 10 stitches, K10
Repeat the rows 2-21 to the wanted length, and sew the seams together. And before you know it you have knitted my granny´s yard tree bedspread.
I read once an article on a Norwegian web site about how chronic stress can give us diseases. It was actually an interview of Rune Jonassen from 2014-12.25, a psychologist and scientist at the University of Oslo.
What is normal stress response?
Jonassen explains stress as the condition in which we experience demands exceeding or approaching the level of what we are capable to handle. We all know that stress reactions are normal physical responses, and that some people handle stress better than other.
When we get stressed the heart rate increases and we breathe faster. The stress hormone cortisol release glucose into our muscles and liver, and in this way the body gets extra energy. The immune system is triggered, but when the stress becomes chronic, the system is weakened instead.
Can stress make us ill?
Scientists say that a high level of cortisol is associated with a variety of diseases, because the cells of the immune system stop responding to the inflammation in the body. The consequences are that stress can make us ill.
Stress that last over a long period of time can trigger various autoimmune diseases. The immune system stars to attack its own tissues and cells, because the body perceives it to be foreign components. It is the same response as if it was a bacteria or a virus. This response can cause diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis and lupus.
During stress the blood supply to the skin and gastrointestinal tracts may become insufficient. The metabolic process may slow down, and the food can be digested more slowly. Chronic stress may therefore cause diseases like gastritis, ulcerative colitis and ulcer.
When it comes to the skin you may experience pimples and itching.The constriction of blood vessels may also be the reason why the skin lose elasticity and cause early aging. Hair loss are also common, because the body loses zinc. If you got a low value of zinc it may cause burnout, headache, mental disorders and heart problems.
Stress over time can give you a depression. One hypothesis is that depression can have a function to protect the you from the stress.
My chronic stress and disease
I am actually a living proof how chronic stress can have such a bad influence on the body. In 2012 I got ulcerative colitis. I recognize many of the symptoms I read about in the article. Every bone and muscles in the body was painful, and it felts like a non-stop flue. I struggled with sleeping problems for a long time and could not find any rest. The hair loss was massive and always commented by my hair dresser.
To sleep at night I listen to Spotify and sounds from the nature. That really calms me down. Hobbies like knitting , Audiobooks, mindfulness and a long walk each day are important in my recovery program.