The Stress of Hearing Loss

Lately, I’ve been having major writers block and decided to take time off from writing over memorial holiday weekend. Not only was May Mental Health Awareness Month but it got me thinking about the stress of being a deaf individual in today’s crazy world.

I get it. You must be like “How does this individual with hearing loss have stress?” “Can’t she just turn her hearing aids off?” “Why is stress involved?”

It’s extremely stressful. I was realizing just how much I needed a vacation again. How often I feel the need to have one. Whether it’s sand between my toes, the sound of waves, sightseeing the wonders of the world, get out of this rat race and really just go. Like “BYE FELICIA!”

There are situations involved where you’re under a ton of pressure. There’s embarrassment, sweat, tears, the oops, the uh ohs, the constant what if, and multiple anxious moments.

It really puts a toll on your body, both physically and mentally. It’s excruciating to really manage it, for your health and peace of mind.

Why this stress thing?

We’re limited. “Oh Amanda, can you call this patient for me?” (Crickets in background) Here’s another situation – Dentist with mask on “Ok mark it #5 MOD.” (When it really sounds muffled)…..And one more – When you’re trying to order food in an extremely loud restaurant and the waiter isn’t really moving his lip….shit it’s harder to have a nice night out with your husband too!

It’s the daily communication issues, the fear of missing something important, the embarrassment and blah. Blah blah. Not to mention the exhaustion your poor brain entails.

Like I explained in my last blog Easier to Identify as Deaf.

“Hearing aids are lifesaving technologies. They are there to help you hear better. If you’re a lip reader you may and will always still be a lip reader even with better hearing aids. Like I said it doesn’t cure.”

Since life is stressful that way, we still do our best even when no one understands. It’s called having empathy people.

Below is some of the things I do to cope. Now, everyone is different in their own ways.

1. Exercise

There’s a reason I continued my dance career all through college and NFL. Once retired, I found Crossfit. Now since we have a garage gym, I’m able to come home from work and de-stress by doing a workout or lifting.

2. Travel

It’s a wonder what it can do for me. Constantly bringing a smile to my face. I truly enjoy seeing the world, immerse myself within the diversity of cultures and learn what they have to offer. If only I could do this full time!

3. Mediate

Doing yoga or even reading a book you enjoy helps keep my mindset healthy. But honestly, I’m grateful for my three dogs. Best therapy ever.

4. Eat healthy

Nutrition plays a huge role on health. Being stressed can lead to overeating, weight gain, health issues. Not only it keeps you healthy but also nourishes your mind.

5. Plan ahead

Why would I plan ahead? The OCD in me like to stay on track and make sure everything is in order for situations to go as smooth as possible. Keep everything on a calendar. Get to work early. Get things done ahead of time.

One more thing I learned, it’s ok to ask for help. Keep in mind, You’re not doing anything wrong by asking for help. You are if you’re not asking for help.

I feared judgement. Past tense. Now I can say I’m a rockstar. PS: I still have my judgement days okay? I’m allowed to be human. A deaf one.

“Whatever living beings there may be — feeble or strong, long, stout, or of medium size, short, small, large, those seen or those unseen, those dwelling far or near, those who are born as well as those yet to be born — may all beings have happy minds.”

—The Buddha, Karaniya Metta Sutta

Accountability…

Does anyone ever have days where working out feels like it’s out of the question? That piece of chocolate looks really good? Maybe skip the gym and sleep in because you worked 10 hours the day before?

We all have those days. I totally feel this way on almost a daily basis. Is it because I work so much? Probably.

I know I’ll feel 100 times better than I did before working out. You will feel 100 times better as well.

I had more time to myself in the past. Before school happened. I was able to train over an hr almost daily. I was younger and in better shape. Life changes quickly and it puts a damper on your body. Whether it’s a new baby, longer working days, new career, going back to school full time, family time, etc. Okay, blah blah blah.

Point is, you can’t forget about yourself. You, is so important. The lifestyle today is go go go, work work work.

It’s never too late to start somewhere. You always have at least 15 mins to yourself.

Many things aren’t equal but everyone gets the same 24 hours, 7 days a week.

We make time for what we truly want. Take the responsibility of getting up earlier, prep the meals beginning of the week. Kid has swim class? Go for a run during that time. Can’t run? Then walk.

It’s the tiniest things you make in your day makes a big difference for yourself. It’s a self-esteem booster too! Life isn’t perfect. Your workout doesn’t have to be perfect.

One day, I’m doing a really hard workout in my garage and the next day, I’m like screw that it’s too cold. This happens more than often. My garage is too cold and I’m too lazy to wait for the heaters to warm it up. In that case, I will probably do glute and core work in my living room while watching Black Mirror on Netflix. (Cool show by the way AND mind blowing.)

Be accountable.

Sign up for the Crossfit Open even if it’s been two years or it’s your first time. Sign up for a 5k or marathon. Go check out a weightlifting meet and see yourself up there in a few months. Join one of the many popular studios out there whether it’s Pure Barre, Orange Theory Fitness or a regular gym. Jump outside of your comfort zone.

Be accountable. Challenge yourself. You never know what you might accomplish.

But dude! Anyone try to avoid walking past those girls scouts selling cookies? I just pretend I’m deaf and didn’t hear them.

Oh wait 😉

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Protein Mug Cake

All this rainy, cold weather lately has been making me wish it were spring already. Mother Nature has been crazy. But let’s talk about how good this recipe is. Who doesn’t love lemon and blueberry together? This one tastes almost just like my lemon blueberry pancakes I’ve made in the past. Talk about a trip down memory lane. It’s so flavorful and really hits the spot. I made this recipe with Equip Foods Prime Plant in vanilla. It is 100% plant protein. But really any vanilla flavor plant based protein will do the trick.


Prime Plants Vegan Protein Powder | A Blend of Hemp Protein, Sacha Inchi Protein, Pea Protein and Pumpkin Protein | (Vanilla)

If you tried the recipe on my last blog  Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Mug Cake you’re going to like this vegan, healthy, low calorie recipe. I’m not a vegan, but sure love eating this delicious treat!

Vegan Lemon Blueberry Protein Mug Cake

Servings: 1

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 1-3 min
INGREDIENTS
1 scoop vanilla plant protein (I used Equip Foods)
1 tbs coconut flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ milk choice or water (I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
¼ tsp lemon zest
2 tsp juiced lemon
Small handful of fresh blueberries
DIRECTIONS
1. Grease mug with coconut oil spray (any cooking spray will do)
2. Combine dry ingredients in mug
3. Add wet ingredients with blueberries (save some for the topping!) and mix. Batter should be creamy. If needed, you can add more liquid.
4. Place in microwave and heat for 60 seconds or until center is done.
5. Top it off with some fresh blueberries.
6. Let it cool down a bit. Blueberries will be hot. Enjoy!
Side hacks: If you do not have a fresh lemon on hand, 1/4 tsp lemon extract will work just fine. Careful not to overload on it!

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Nutrition Facts: 181 calories, 7.1 g fat, 18 g carbs, 17 g protein