Dealing With Stress

I began posting links to articles and resources on this topic because when I launched my blog back in 2011, I received a virtual flood of questions requesting advice about preparing oneself to write, how to focus attention and reduce stress. I decided to devote more attention to responding.

Resources That Have Helped Me

More Specifically …

  • A regular schedule of exercise is essential (I visit a gym at least three times a week for a good solid hour, which includes two miles of treadmill and stairmaster work), as is the occasional walk.

I am wearing my Texas Rollergirls t-shirt at the gym (summer, 2017). Click to learn more about the organization.

  • Healthy eating makes a difference. I prepare most meals at home and most of them are made from scratch, although I admit I enjoy eating out on occasion. And, I shop at grocery stores that feature healthy foods. The quality of what I eat matters. I attribute my good health to this today. Just over 15 years ago, I had a routine surgery and my doctor told me I was not “aging” like others in my age bracket (she really checked me out while under anesthesia, smiles). I told her it was no doubt due to, “Whole Foods.”
  • Adequate rest is essential. If I can swing the occasional, brief nap, that helps me stay on top of my game. I have a longer sleep cycle than most, but I did not pay attention to it until the past seven years or so. Now that I know what being rested really feels like, I will never forget. And, I do not stay up late (not very often, in any case).

Yikes! Check out this infographic from Mind Body Green, “This is Your Body Without Sleep” (2014).

When computers first came into widespread use (1980s and 1990s), one entered a lot of data into them to set up a “mail merge,” as it was called, you had to leave your computer alone – often overnight – and return to it in the morning before the task of sorting was complete.

Computers are much faster today, but “mail merge” is a phrase I sometimes use to describe what happens when I head off to rest. In the morning, I think more clearly and I am ready to think and write! When I sleep, I realize I am sorting out a great deal of information that I’ve absorbed during the day. In the morning, my attitude is improved and I can tackle almost any challenge.

Personal Note

I have not always practiced total “healthy living.” While I have exercised fairly regularly over the years, and I have shopped at healthy food stores like Whole Foods since it opened (when I was in college), until 2010 or so I did not get adequate rest, and in my younger days, I enjoyed the occasional cigarette at lunch and after work. I gave that up entirely in 2000.

In 2010 with the “down economy,” I decided to focus on rest, getting a complete medical check-up, exercising regularly, and launching Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog and my presence on social media (sharing my experiences for the benefit of others). I sorted through all my personal/family papers and files going back to my childhood and “reclaimed” my successes, many of which I had forgotten. I found my mind and body finally got the rest they needed during this time. I also started catching-up with my original interests in international affairs, and I began reading the global news regularly. My horizons expanded quite a bit past Texas.

Recently as a side pursuit I began representing the healthy living, vegan products of Arbonne International. Arbonne meets European standards (which are higher product standards than those in the U.S.). To learn more, follow this link to my page on the Arbonne website.

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