For almost a week, I’ve been managing my “stress-belly.” It’s the term I have used for decades to describe the stomach discomfort I get that never coincides with poor food choices, but does seem linked to intense periods in my life.
My mom passed away over 4 months ago, and her burial was last month. I have been able to be more focused on my business, and am now working through my own medical and personal chores.
When I share with my friends my tummy issues wondering if I could suddenly have a gluten, lactose, or other intolerance, they remind me that sometimes stress shows up when you least expect it.
WHAT? I don’t stress! It’s why I could say for years that the 4-hour tummy ache was my way of working out my worries. As things started to get complicated in my life most notably when my parents started to exhibit concerning behaviors, I hired a life coach. She helped me recognize that worrying about my parent’s, my kid’s, my job, didn’t change anything. I learned to focus on how I could improve things that were in my control.
While I’m sad that my mom is no longer here, I am still working out life after being a caregiver for so many years. The last think I would expect is for me to be stressed about it.
Within a day of my girlfriends reminding me that stress can happen after you face a crisis, my symptoms disappear. Cured.