As parents, we worry about a lot of things, especially when our children's health and well-being are concerned—childhood obesity, drug abuse, smoking, internet safety and stress, to name just a few. How much do we worry? What do we worry most about? And, which of those worries are warranted?
Do you hate stress as much as I do? I mean, it just feels just so...bad. And it has a LOT of side effects. It makes me lose my appetite, eat too much, sleep too little, oversleep, lose my memory, my patience, my motivation, my mind. When it comes down to it, stress scares me. I know it can impact your health in a big way.
Come to think of it, stress has a big effect on just about everything, doesn't it?
How many times have you said – or heard someone else say – that their heart is broken? Personally, as a young(er) woman, I had my heart broken many times prior to meeting the man that I would marry.
Last night's cooking left a huge sink-full of dishes. And hubby and I have a deal: whoever doesn't cook has dishwashing duty. It's only fair, right? But before we sat down to eat, he insisted on clearing out the sink..each and every thing. (Rule one for controlling his stress level: never sit down to eat on a full sink. Me? I can easily shift my eyes away from it and worry about it later.
Imagine for a moment that your “To Do” list has an important person at the top; someone who embodies all the aspects of daily life—a boss, a doctor, a therapist, an accountant, a nurse, a housekeeper, a cook, a chauffeur—someone like you.
These are the two words I hear everywhere I go, from the mouths of store clerks to telemarketers to the UPS guy. But a few things I've recently read make me wonder if the holidays are so happy for everyone.
Take these news items, for example:
Holidays Trigger Domestic Violence
Perhaps it's the gray, rainy day; the realization that winter has finally struck and the 60 degree days are merely an anomaly rather than the rule. Or maybe it's the fact that for the past month, because of and a lot of my own work, I've been holed up a bit more than normal. But lately, loneliness has been sharing my space with me.
I have a friend who, every time she's under stress, drops 10 pounds. Just like that. She just can't eat, she says. I don't see her very often, but when I do I can take one look at her and instantly know how her life has been going.
But for every one of these types of friends, I know ten others who gain weight when they're under stress. And who isn't under stress these days? I'll bet most of us are.
As we prepare to launch our new and improved website, things are very busy here at ! We're so excited to share all the great new features we have in store. But, as you can imagine, we've been swamped with work, leaving little time for anything else. Add night classes and co-teaching a childbirth class to that list of things to do and you've got my crazy life. Needless to say, I've been feeling a lot of stress and it's finally caught up with me. So, instead of curling up in a ball and crying (like I wanted to do today), I've been forced to reevaluate my .