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Several years ago I was given a notepad with the printed heading, “Stressed!  It’s just desserts spelled backwards.”  I enjoyed the quote and passed it on to friends, then forgot about it and eventually the pad ended up in the drawer of my desk.  You know the kind of drawer – the one full of stuff you know you will need “some time.”  Well, my life has been pretty stressful recently and that reminded me of the note pad.  I pulled it out, looked at it, and thought about it.  It didn’t help.  I’m still stressed (but I’m enjoying a very delicious quinoa and chocolate granola bar at the same time).

Change is always stressful and this is a change time of year.  School starts tomorrow and parents everywhere are preparing to turn their clocks to “school time.”  Parents of kindergarteners and college freshmen and watching their babies begin a new phase of their lives.  My mother-in-law is also beginning a new phase of her life.  At 97 she is finally giving up her independence to live in an assisted living facility.  It was her choice, but it is a big change to her and her family.

There are all types of changes that occur during our lifetimes and change frequently produces stress.  There’s a feeling that you have lost control.  If not dealt with it can lead to serious illness.  Parents and caregivers know that change is a fact of life, so the trick is to find a way to deal with it, move past it, and move on.  After doing some research on the subject, I found the following list of suggestions on how to deal with stress:

Tips for dealing with stress (from

  • Don't worry about things you can't control, such as the weather.
  • Solve the little problems. This can help you gain a feeling of control.
  • Prepare to the best of your ability for events you know may be stressful, such as a job interview.
  • Try to look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat.
  • Work to resolve conflicts with other people.
  • Talk with a trusted friend, family member or counselor.
  • Set realistic goals at home and at work. Avoid over-scheduling.
  • Exercise on a regular basis.
  • Eat regular, well-balanced meals and get enough sleep.
  • Meditate.
  • Participate in something you don't find stressful, such as sports, social events or hobbies.

I’m going to try the suggestions on the list, starting with working to solve my littler problems.  I’ll talk to family and friends, try to get more rest – and maybe I’ll even start exercising.  Until then I’ll just dance with the children in the center.  That’s a big time stress buster!

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