a "been-there" mom of six offers encouragement
to wives, young mothers, and those not so young,
and simple common-sense approaches to
the "ings" of life:
child-rearing (hints and helps), homemaking (all areas),
cooking (simple, cheap, and do-it-yourself)
making (toys and gifts), preparing (for the unexpected),
maintaining (sanity and peace in this increasingly crazy world) and more---
all aspects of making the most of making do on little---
and having fun in the process.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Take a Break from Stress . . .

and Ways to Do It!

Years ago I learned an instant stress reducer. It works every time and anyone can do it.                          

It is unbelievably simple.

Just ----

I know it sounds silly. It is silly. But it works. I promise.
It is impossible to stay "uptight" while flapping. Laughing is good for the soul and----blood pressure.  Flapping instantly relieves the stress of the moment...the frustration of a moment...the discomfort of most any moment.

Please don't dismiss it without giving it a try.

It is also possible to obtain relief from long-term stress.

Ron, a good friend of ours, sent us the following via e-mail. It is important and practical advice. I do not know where it originated so I am unable to give credit.

A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress  management to an audience. With her arm held out straight to her side, she carried a glass of water and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question------'half empty or half full?'?

She fooled them all... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time,
sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.

When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better after each practice.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.

Don't carry them through the evening and into the night ... pick them up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later . . .
after you have rested. Life is short. Enjoy it as you enjoy this short freedom from stress you                have allowed yourself.

Come back tomorrow for  her 10 simple everyday "smile-bringing" suggestions and thoughts. 

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