I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.  ~Jennifer Yane

Tension is who you think you should be.  Relaxation is who you are.  ~Chinese Proverb

What is it about stress?   The tension, worry, anxiety and pressure build like a fire burning out of control.  How do you stop it?  I have spent many years now working on eliminating stress from my life when I can and when I can’t I work at releasing it.  Many times releasing and eliminating work but when they don’t, I have trouble figuring out what I’m doing differently and what I need to do instead.  I know the saying, “just let it go.”  Well, wouldn’t that be nice if I could.  That’s the problem; it won’t go.  I use meditation, EFT, gardening, work, exercise, but it remains.  Many times it revolves around activities, events, things of interests that I’m involved in.  So do I give up whatever it is to remove the stress or will I eventually find a way to manage it better?  So far I keep looking to the latter.  I don’t want to drop out of life by being uninvolved, and I realize stress is a part of it.  You can’t do life without some anxiety but I sure don’t like how it makes me feel.  I want to have a negative “give a shit” factor.  I think I’d like that feeling.  Until then, I’ll keep trying to “let it go.”

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  1. Want my two cents worth?

    Stress is a part of life. I have found that by doing what I like to do instead of what I am expected to do helps. The main thing I did was to stop analyzing everything about me and figuring out what to eliminate. I found making a decision about most things immediately did not store it up for later. I wake up each morning, thank God I have another day to do the right thing and then go at it. What gets done, good, what does not, wasn’t meant to be. If all those activities are not helping you to de-stress then stop. Do them because you love doing it, not because you think it will take away the mounting stress you are creating all by yourself.

    Having that sh– factor works at times, but it is not a characteristic we have to have. I think it makes us stressful to others.

    Just my opinion!

  2. Cathy says:

    I stress (a lot!) over the family schedule, especially during the school year. Last year I made a big effort to stop stressing in advance, “oh my god, the third week in February is going to be so busy and horrible.” If can do a little advance planning and organizing, but not too much worrying, I find that it isn’t nearly as bad when I’m in the middle of it, as what I anticipated. And really, aren’t a lot of things like that? Somehow it’s a magic combination of planning, then being in the moment when I get there that greatly reduces stress. I had 10 days of that perfect balance on our last vacation and it was AMAZING.

    • Missy Kizer says:

      You are so right about the balance. It is almost always the fretting about how it’s going to be. When I’m in the moment, it’s usually fun and smooth and even when it’s not smooth I usually quit worrying because “what’s done is finished.”

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