Stress, stress stress… The one thing we all have too much of and can’t get rid of fast enough. Seems like stress is just as much a part of our daily lives as taking a shower or eating meals. But is it avoidable? Can we really live stress free lives? Don’t ask me… I’m stressed out trying to figure out the answer myself. Just kidding. 🙂

Stress according to is defined as:

Stress: Forces from the outside world impinging on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life that can help us learn and grow. Conversely, stress can cause us significant problems.

Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). If we don’t take action, the stress response can lead to health problems. Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.

Early separation from mother can lead to altered stress responses and depression later in life. The stresses of the mother can affect the stress response of the fetus, and perhaps predispose the child to psychiatric illness later in life.

Many of our ways in dealing with stress — drugs, pain medicines, alcohol, smoking, and eating — actually are counterproductive in that they can worsen the stress and can make us more reactive (sensitive) to further stress.

Stress can be best managed by regular exercise, meditation or other relaxation techniques, structured time outs, and learning new coping strategies to create predictability in our lives. The management of stress depend mainly on the willingness of a person to make the changes necessary for a healthy lifestyle.”

Texas Woman’s University has a great article about . Seems only natural that the fairer gender should know how to solve the issue of stress, when they are the one’s who seem to have more of it then men like me who bang their heads against the wall to solve their problems. Its worth a good read and bookmark if you ask me.

Here is an exerpt from the article:


  1. Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.
  2. Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.
  3. Don’t rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.
  4. Do nothing which, after being done, leads you to tell a lie.
  5. Make duplicates of all keys. Bury a house key in a secret spot in the garden and carry a duplicate car key in your wallet, apart from your key ring.

Enjoy and here’s to stress free living!