Category Archives: Stress

Do you invite stress into your life?


Do you unintentionally invite stress into your life? Do you go about your day totally unaware of the stresses/tensions that surround you? Are there areas of your life where frustrations are a daily occurrence, when they really don’t need to be? Maybe you don’t even realize that the strain is there or that you are being affected? We know that stress and especially continual stress can cause illness and unhappiness, so doesn’t it make sense to try to eliminate as much stress as we possibly can? Let’s take a typical day and see where stresses may be bubbling along under the surface.
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Do you ever feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall????

Why do I keep banging my head against the wall.....it hurts!

Why do I keep banging my head against the wall…..it hurts!

Do you ever feel like you are banging your head against a brick wall?  Albert Einstein’s must have known the feeling when he spoke these famous words “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”? Are you guilty of repeating the same thing over and over and wondering why things don’t change???????? Continue reading

What are you thinking?

Sometimes I get so confused......

Sometimes I get so confused……

Wow! An entire month has passed between posts. I have been so busy and had not even realised…….Well it is 1st of the month reality check time again! This month I would like to remind us all of how powerful our mind and our thoughts can be. The thoughts we have can be like a supportive friend or an unhelpful foe.  Our thoughts can keep us strong, get us through or keep us down and allow negativity to seep in. What sort of state is your mind in at the moment??   Continue reading

Could be good……could be bad????

So how could this be good???

So how could this be good???

Life can be great and quite frankly at times it  can really suck! They say that we are never given more than we can’t handle but I know at times, we feel like we are being tested to the nth degree and have no idea how we might get through.

Now a little faith….. in love , in life, in humanity is what gets me through. But I am also a firm believer that we are put on this planet to learn and just like at school, some lessons are interesting and fun and some lessons we would much rather skip altogether. So next time you are struggling, stressed out, going through a bad patch read this story and I hope it gives you a little hope…… Continue reading

Are you a little bit controlling?

Okay...so I only like blue things...is that a problem?

Okay...so I only like blue things...is that a problem?

Do you have to be in control?   Do you get stressed and uncomfortable if you are not running things?  Of course we all need some control in our lives but if we need too much control it can actually cause us a lot of stress.  Continue reading

Stress relief…..what works for you?

I like to lay back and watch the clouds.....it soothes me!

I like to lay back and watch the clouds.....it soothes me!

Okay so your stressed out….a little tired….too much on! I know how it feels…Well last time I checked they had not invented the “chill out pill” to instantly overcome stress, so my question is what do you do that helps get you through?…

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Stress….are you sometimes the cause??????

What are you looking at...are you having a go at me..do you want a fight????

What are you looking at...are you having a go at me..do you want a fight????

Do you create some of your own stress????? Do you think that all of your problems are caused by outside factors: my parents; spouse; kids; friends; colleagues; money: work etc?  Guess what most often they are caused/created by ourselves? Why does one event send you into stress out melt down and not even bother someone else? Is our personality a factor? Can we all be guilty at times of creating our own stress??? Now is the time to be honest with ourselves……. Time for some soul searching questions……. Continue reading

Coping skills……..what helps???

OH NO!!! How am I going to cope with this????

OH NO!!! How am I going to cope with this????

How do you cope??  When the nerves are frayed, tension is in the air, conflict is lurking, stresses abound, problems need to be solved, your work place has issues, and/or your relationships are going through problems….what do you do/think/say/feel to help get you through.  How come some seem to cope better than others??  What can we do to help?? Well believe it or not we have been learning how to cope since birth.  As babies we begin our learning by how our needs were met….through to the toddler years and how we coped when we fell, when we were hurt….right up until now?  You may not realise it but you probably have many great coping skills that help you on a daily basis.  I believe that if you are more aware of these skills the better you are prepared for daily battles and situations.  Continue reading

What do you do when you don’t know what to do??????

I just don't know what to do??????

I just don't know what to do??????

This a different first of the month reality check.  Firstly I am a day late…oops and secondly I thought that we might try to tackle a dilemma?

What do you do when you don’t know what to do???  Do you sometimes get confused, find it hard to know what the “right” thing to do is or get so overwhelmed that you lose the plot?  Sometimes life is easy, we are faced with decisions and the answers come simply to us and problem solved. The world is good. Then, there are other times in life where the options just seem like massive mountains, too large to climb. The answers seem to be lost in some mysterious world that we can’t get to. Continue reading

Do you sometimes get stressed???

I'm not stressed...who said I was stressed...what are you on about??

I'm not stressed...who said I was stressed...what are you on about??

Are you a worrier?  Do you find yourself getting stressed more often than you would like? Would you say that you suffer from some type of stress on a daily or weekly basis? Do you realise that it can massively affect your health and your ability to cope?  Stress is a bodily reaction to a fear or danger….hormones are released to prepare us to escape danger or to fend off a threat. You may have heard of this being called our “Flight or Fight response.”  There are definitely situations that require these responses….say, you arrive at a car accident and need to get in there and save people…your stress response with put you in “Action mode”…your strength will increase, your senses will sharpen and panic will be taken over by action.  We have all seen or heard of stories of amazing heroic acts when the heroes don’t even know where their strength or ability to cope came from. It comes from Adrenaline and Cortisol, hormones that assist in our “Flight or fight response”. In an emergency these hormones are extremely
helpful in assisting us to cope, but on a daily basis the release of these hormones can be harmful.  We are not built for constant stress or worry.  These hormones stay in our body, they are not taken up to fend off or escape from impending danger. Small amounts of stress are okay but when we stress/worry too much, we actually affect our health. Continue reading