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    Meditation is the best way to manage daily stress. It is of critical importance to start integrating meditation into your daily schedule as soon as possible, as the collective consciousness (all of us) are purging eons of negative energy...which is part of the reason why there's so much chaos in the world right now! Take 20 minutes each morning (before coffee) and get quiet, phone and computer off or, better yet out of the room...and access the wisdom in your Heart, not the intellect! I have developed a very special meditation process designed to help you access the Heart Center and begin creating your life from this space....where you will feel the Peace and Serenity that is there, despite the chaos that surrounds you! I'm happy to teach anyone how to meditate just email me. I live in Lucca, Italy, but I can teach you over skype easily in less than 30 minutes! rcherry@pinklight.org P.S. As a single mom, I've endured years of constant stress...so I can tell you from personal experience that this will work for you too!

    Rebecca
    February 20, 2010
    4:04 AM
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    A couple of weeks ago, I felt as though I was carrying a person around on my shoulders. My neck and shoulders hurt terrible. The strain made work very difficult. I would loose my grip and drop a tray of cups and plates all over the floor. I work in a Children's Day Care. My co-worker would quietly come help me pick up the pieces. His stressless manner reminded me of when Christ Jesus said, "Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Matt. 11:28-29, NRSV) My worrying about the scary economy and earthquake troubles was only adding to the problem. So, in prayer, I focused more on God, instead of the worries of the world. Divine Spirit is capable of revealing restoration and creativity. Challenges come up. They make us grow spiritually. And, people can find appropriate and substantial answers, especially when we look to God, as Christ Jesus did. It took about a week of practice for me to stop carrying around the world's lessons and start carrying around the lessons of Christ. However, the pain dissolved. Not even a trace.

    u.r.vibrant
    February 16, 2010
    10:35 AM
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    mommyoftwoboys, My experience with college was very stressful and I have no clue how mothers can do school, raise a family and often times hold down a job. So kudos to you for doing what you do! Have you checked out any resources from the school i.e. Groups with other mothers, daycare, study groups, yoga classes, counseling services etc. One things I loved about school was the vast resources. In general, I think it is important to do basic self-care such as eating a healthy diet, getting some sort of exercise (sure you already are with 2 boys and getting plenty of sleep. Having positive social connections as well as connection with God is imperative as well. I've heard other mothers say they will lock themselves in the bathroom for a few minutes to take time to breathe, pray, etc. Good luck with school and managing all the stress involved!

    Missunderstood
    February 8, 2010
    4:47 PM
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    Hello I am new to the group and I just want to say hi and I am glad that I joined because I have a lot of stress and I just don't know what to do about it and I have prayed and prayed and try to have some time alone. I have to boys so they keep me busy and I see myself not be able to sleep because stress and so I just want some pointers how to elminate some of stressers. Such as trying to find time for just myself, which is at night but even though I am doing classwork. I am a full time student and a full time mommy too.. so I am so stressed out and of course I can't get any help from the hubby cause he is not here due to him being deployed. I am just hoping to gather some tips so if anyone has any for me please let me know! Thanks and I am glad to be here!

    Mommyoftwoboys
    January 25, 2010
    5:35 AM
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    All fine and dandy with your photo gallery on how to reduce stress, but do you have any suggestions for men? We stress out too, straight, gay and bi.

    Christopher.king
    January 22, 2010
    11:24 AM
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    Hi! I'm new to this group and this site! I'm currently in a stressful work situation. I'm committed not to let that situation get me down! I look forward to learning new relaxation techniques!

    Ishbeth
    January 18, 2010
    4:33 AM
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    Jan 18, 2010 Hi, LOVE ! your photo! That alone is so beautiful, it's meditative. ...You de-stress very much the same way I do; enjoying the moment/ watchful of the beauty around you. ...If you drive a lot, especially in summer, the rest stops often offer some excellent photo ops/ they are landscaped well -- lots of sunflowers, dogwood, peonies, etc... ...Physical exercise: Nature walks with camera, Cabin camping and doing lots of reading.

    Sunflower1956
    January 18, 2010
    3:00 AM
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    Taking time to smell the roses or stop to take in nature helps my stress. Nature walks, listening to Cd's of rainstorms..surf sounds or simply looking a nice landscape of a bubbling stream seems to help me. Another way to reduce stress, Aroma-therapy's like sandalwood oil burners, lavender, or chamomile oils are good to smell/burn when at home... and a couple of Tylenol if all else fails.

    Annette.pettigrew...
    January 9, 2010
    1:59 AM
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    Holidays are here, be safe and don't let it stress you. Love to shop but the stress gets to me so I shop catolog or online when at all possible. This helps reduce the stress of driving in traffic, shopping mall crowds, dangers of being victimized etc.... and it helps to save money. Short on money, then skip purchase all that wrapping paper for gifts this year. Save wherever you can. Wrap your gifts with old fabric or something you don't wear and not sure what to do with it. And everyone loves a good laugh so why not use the sundays comics pages to wrap presents with. Be creative and let your imagination work for you.

    Gypiescalling
    December 1, 2009
    2:22 PM
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    I got some pills to help with physical pain but I think they are actually stress relievers. They make me happy and not worry about things. Anybody want to try them they only cost me one dollar and are from Healthy Sense. The name on the bottle is Glucosamine Joint Therpy. I got them at the grocery store. It was a good deal for the price and helps mood swings.

    Gypiescalling
    November 1, 2009
    6:52 PM
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