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Is stress calling for you? Stress is defined as “pressure or tension exerted on a material object” or, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”

I reckon we all can relate to having a demanding situation that has faced us. Whether a big situation or small situation, it really doesn’t matter. A mountain can be made out of a molehill, right? I say that stress is something that takes away beauty from life and makes us see the ugly. Ugly! Who needs that? Not me.

I always try to follow the motto “Don’t worry, be happy.” But who am I kidding? I fall prey to that little nagging voice in the back of my head who worries if she did the ten things on sticky note number twenty-five so she can move on to the inbox that is loaded down with tons of un-read emails.

When I need to get rid of some excess stress, I like to push work to the side, take a breather, grab a good book, along with some tasty snacks, and relax. Here are some extra tips that come in handy when the going gets tough.

How to Combat Stress

  • Eat a cookie. Eat pie. Eat cake. Eat whatever sweet treat you want because stressed spelled backwards is desserts, so it must be okay to indulge into the world of freshly baked goodies.
  • Go for a walk. Enjoy the fresh air and soak up some quiet time in the great outdoors.
  • Unplug . . . take the whole day (gasp) and stay off the computer, television, and phone.
  • Do a little boogie. Dance it all out! I am being serious . . . exercise is a great way to relieve the pressures of your obligations.
  • Take a nap. Good things come from napping. This would be good right after you do your dance.
  • Smile. It’s worth a thousand words, or is that a picture? Hmmm.
  • Read a good book. Get lost in the pages, you never know where you may end up.
  • Drink a hot cup of tea or coffee. Feel a little fancy and don’t forget to “Pinky out!”
  • Use your “phone a friend” lifeline and have a nice long chat with your bestie. Whatever is on your mind, talk about it. No sense in letting your stress get so out of hand that you feel overwhelmed and burnt out.
  • Have a jam session with your favorite music. (Cue the head banging and rock and roll signs.)

When it comes down to it, worrying and stressing out is all about how you perceive a situation. Are you going to roll with the punches or be punched? Some of my tips may seem funny but they work for me so give one or a couple a try.

When you’re feeling under pressure, sit and look at all of the positives and kick the negatives to the curb. Nobody’s got time for that! Don’t spend your life caught in between a constant tug of war of stressing out. Life should be full of memorable moments, outbursts of laughter, and lots of smiles.

How do you limit the stress in your life?

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Michelle Dawn (17 Posts)

Michelle Dawn is a coffee-addicted, donut-loving gal who enjoys all things Amish. When she is not immersing herself in the latest Amish fiction read, you can find her and her awesome hubby with their equally wonderful kiddos eating their way through Ohio’s Amish country. She started Destination Amish with two goals in mind: to share her love of Amish country and spread the word about Amish fiction. Destination Amish has become a popular place for many authors to visit and is known for really fabulous giveaways. Working with the motto Destination Amish…a place where books come to life…Michelle brings the pages of your favorite books to life through pictures and ramblings about consuming vast amounts of Amish pastries.


  1. I read a lot. I like to make comments on blogs and enter those neat contest. Sometimes I even win one.SURPRISE!! I like to email friends the old fashioned way. I’m not on Facebook. I love to shop and when I was stressed out yesterday hubby and I went to an outlet mall and when I went to the Columbia store I forgot that I was supposed to be stressed out. Got most of our Christmas shopping done in a few hours and for a fraction of the cost. That sure took a big bit out of my stress and not to mention my wallet. But oh well we bought some items for ourselves as well.
    I also love to do journals. I keep a prayer journal and a personal journal and I love to read back through the years I have been keeping them. I have some old diaries from when I was a teenager on up till I got married. I think the above things help me when I’m stressed, doing the things I love to do.

    • I love journals! A big congrats on getting your shopping done early 🙂 I have made some lists for Christmas (love my lists) and now I need to start checking them off. I also bake A LOT during the holidays which I find to be a good way to de-stress because we get to sample my hard work!

      • I baked a trial frozen peanut butter pie ahead of time a d have had people try it to see how they liked it. It’s a winner but a bit rich . Just a sliver per serving is what we need on that one. But I love to try out new recipes . Such fun!

  2. Sue Laitinen says:

    My most beneficial ways of de-stressing…music and complaining (or decompressing) to or with a friend. The music calms me, mellows me out. But none of the head banging stuff! Lol. Country all the way. And sharing my blues with a friend helps me feel less alone and like I have a hand to old. Good friends are the best. 🙂

  3. Stress is really self-inflicted. It’s choosing to focus on the bad or at least what could be bad if it were to really happen. It’s being discontent with the way life is at the moment or could become if the worst were to happen. When we worry, we are turning our backs on God and turning into ourselves. Peace is focusing on God, being content with whatever life is or will be, and doing His will in all things. He doesn’t want us to fulfill “to do” lists or to fix every problem. He wants us to have His peace. That means what ever he tells us to do is enough and whatever comes of it is good. Sometimes it will be to just stop and relax; enjoy the good things of life with a book, or a friend, or whatever is good. With peace, we can do that.

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