So I get stressed from tests and being sick, and then my Crohns gets worse. Great. Well then I'm stressed about getting sicker, and my Crohns gets worse. Fantastic. But then it gets even better, because I get even more stressed about getting sicker, and I get even more sick....and the cycle just keeps going till I am so sick that I can't do school anymore. Well then I'm stressed because I am too sick to do school and I end up in the hospital.
Do you see the problem here? Being sick makes me stressed and being stressed makes me sick. It's a dangerous combination, especially for a Type A personality like myself. After realizing how dangerous this cycle can be, I began looking for a way to neutralize this cycle's affects on my body.
In short, I need to learn to be less stressed, but to me that is an impossible feat. So I begin to look for ways to reduce stress in my life, while maintaining a level of achievement that I can be happy with. A very supportive and loving Chi Omega sister shared a quote with me recently that will help me achieve a lower lever of stress. She like myself is a very high achiever, always striving to give her all in every situation. My dear sister recently shared this quote with me, "sometimes done is better then perfect." This quote has stuck with me, because as a type A personalities I want perfection, but will obsessing over perfection make me happy, or will it make me stressed and miserable? I am not saying I should stop trying or turn in subpar work, but I am saying that my health and surviving is more important then obsessing over every single assignment. Getting an A is not worth ending up in the hospital. I've learned that perfect isn't all it's crack-up to be...
I think college students and IBD patients should all reflect on how they can reduce stress in their life, because being stressed isn't healthy for anyone. In fact I am probably going to blog about how stress effects the body just so I can prove my point, but seriously look at your life and figure out simple ways that you can reduce stress so you can live a happy healthier life! Hopefully I will continue to find ways to reduce stress and be healthier in my not so normal life.