Dealing With Stress

I began posting links to articles and resources on this topic when I launched my blog back in 2011, while living in San Antonio, Texas. For the first few years, I received many requests for advice about preparing oneself to write, how to focus attention, and how to reduce stress. I decided to devote more attention to responding. This page is one of the earliest on Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog.

Stress

Resources

About Me

  • I find that a regular schedule of exercise is essential. I visit a gym at least three times a week for a good solid hour, and in-between, I try to walk one to one and a half miles.
  • Healthy eating makes a difference. I prepare most meals at home and most are made from scratch. I shop at grocery stores that feature healthy foods (since about 1980 – I am one of the original patrons of Whole Foods Market and Wheatsville Coop in Austin). Recently, I embarked upon a clean eating regimen with a strict watch on calorie intake. That has meant I have shed some 40 pounds over the course of a year, and I feel so much better overall. In truth, I never thought of myself as being overweight, and I have exercised most all my life. But my diet was the culprit, and I have taken steps to improve it greatly (posted September, 2019). To see a few of my favorite new recipes, follow this link to my Pinterest page.
  • I find adequate rest is essential. By nature, I require a longer sleep cycle. But I did not pay attention to it until the past ten years. Now that I know what being rested really feels like, I will never forget. And, I do not stay up late at night (not very often, in any case).

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

Mail Merge

When computers first came into widespread use (1980s for instance), one entered a lot of data in order to set up a “mail merge,” as it was called, for a large sorting project (as in for a mailing of some kind). You had to leave your computer – often overnight – and return to it in the morning before the task of sorting data into a certain order 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.

Guilty But Reformed

I have not always practiced “healthy living.” While I have exercised fairly regularly over the years and I have shopped at healthy food stores, I did not get adequate rest. And in my younger days, I enjoyed the occasional cigarette at lunch and after work (I gave the latter up entirely twenty years ago).

In 2010 with the “down economy,” I decided to focus on rest, on getting a complete medical check-up, on exercising regularly, and on launching Carolyn’s Nonprofit Blog and my presence on social media. I sorted through my personal/family papers and files going back to my childhood. I “reclaimed” my successes and I reviewed my challenges. I moved much of my life into the “cloud.”

Doing this was an incredibly therapeutic activity. Through the process, I found my mind and body finally got the rest they needed. 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 personal products of Arbonne International. Arbonne meets European standards (higher product “quality” standards than those in the U.S.). To learn more, follow this link to my page on the Arbonne website. Many of the nonprofit organizations with which I have worked over the years have focused on the environment, wildlife and habitat conservation. Embracing Arbonne is a natural development in my life. If you have questions, use my blog’s secure contact form.

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