Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Pooka the cat is never stressed

A couple months ago I came to the realization I need to find a way to relieve my stress. I didn't come to this realization alone, I had some help from my doctor. Honestly, I didn't even think I had much stress in my life until I was asked by the doc if I had any stress. I suppose part of my stress was denying I even had stress.

Now I need to find ways to relieve it. I haven't done a good job so far. I keep thinking yoga, but with my back issues I have a hard time with many of the poses. I read a good deal to begin with, so I know that's not going to do it. I'll be honest, you may suggest the gym/working out. Yea...that actually adds to my stress levels many a time. Mostly if I miss a workout or a run.

This will be a work in progress. I'm not sure what the answer is. I know I feel calmer at the beach, but I live 3-4 hours away from the closest beach (well, one that's attached to the ocean). There is a local park with a lake, but I'm not sure that's the same thing. I think this year might just be me trying to find out what helps me de-stress.

What do you do to de-stress? Do you do it weekly or monthly? Is it something you do alone or with others?


  1. Over the past few years, I've found "not giving a shit what other people think" most helpful. I know it sounds awful, but I came to the conclusion that I couldn't be everything to everyone. Something had to give. So what if the house is a little messy, the sink is full of dishes, I gained 2 pounds. You can't stop giving a shit all together (otherwise I'd weigh 100 pounds more than I do), but don't sweat the small things. Seriously! We are all busy, we all have jobs and sometimes life takes over. I also have learned to say no. I'm no longer doing things things I don't want to do, just so I can make someone else happy. It should be about making YOU happy. :)

  2. Just flop around with your paws in the air. That seems to do it for Pooka, who is the least stressed-out thing I know.

  3. I'm always stressed! Lots of it is mostly my own fault for allowing myself to get so stressed. But my stress reliever is running and riding my motorcycle. :) Another way I like to de-stress is reading a good book or just sitting on my back porch playing fetch with my furkid. Hope you find the right stress reliever soon! It's no fun being constantly stressful.

  4. This post could have been written by me. I need to de-stress as well and it is soo hard! What helps me are massages, so I signed up for Massage Envy and get an affordable massage every month. I still haven't figured out how to stop my racing mind. Many people suggest meditation but I always feel a little funny doing that. Yes, Beach is awesome! I could sit there forever and just watch.Let me know if you find something that helps relaxing.

  5. Nicole, I'm trying to let what other people think go, but it's hard. That only child thing really does run deep and several people recently have called me a Type A personality. That could explain some things. I've gotta find something that calms me down. I don't want this to lead to worse things.

    Brian, that wasn't all that helpful. LOL!

    Maria, I've heard many people say running is their stress release. Oddly enough it can add stress to my life rather than the other way around! I think I'm one of those "like it when it's done" people. LOL! My kitties do not play fetch all that well. Sometimes they do, but not often. Usually it's, "throw this mommy." and I do. They chase it, stop, look at me saying "throw this mommy." Goofballs!

    Christine, I'm afraid of massages. LOL! I know that sounds weird, but I have a herniated disc and three bulging discs and I'm afraid a massage will upset the balance I have of no pain right now. I would go to the beach, but we live about 4 hours from the nearest. Ugh. I used to live 45 minutes away from the closest beach. I kinda miss being able to just drive there and hang on the boardwalk. The price of getting older, I suppose...