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  • Reading this couldn't have come at a better time in my life! I no longer go to work, so friends and neighbours just assume that my life is heaven on earth, whereas in truth, it's frequently the opposite! Just because a person is not working, it doesn't mean that our lives are all we'd hoped, imagined and dreamed they'd be.

    There are so many articles, good articles, written for the majority of people who are still working, but I often feel that those of us who can no longer work are the 'forgotten masses'. It would be great to have access to sensibly written articles or books which were focused on the stresses those of us at home face, eg. less income, money saving ideas such as growing our own vegetables, etc. I'm not asking for any 'change your life in three days' articles, just some helpful suggestions for those of us who are living at home, who are the only person in the house, and who would often just wish we could come up with some other worthwhile ideas to help improve our lot in life. Not complaining, just suggesting that there are a lot of us out there in this big wide world. Thanks.
  • You need to have an article (s) for people who are at home. I see my sister one day a week, alone all the rest of the time. Have recovered from colon cancer and broken leg. However, had to retire from work. Please also do these articles for people who work retail and have stressful times with customers and work loads. I always try to find information I can modify for my situation.
  • Since my stent placement in 2015 I wear a necklace to work every day with a turtle and a heart. This is a constant reminder to take it slower and to think about my heart. I stress less and get more done!
  • Stress has done a number on my several times over the years. I work on keeping it in check now . The gym and good sleep helps.
  • The way my mind works: it's very stressful for me to find the time and/or place to take me time, the stress I feel for neglecting another is not good; I take 55 min on most days to ST/cardio; and that makes me feel like I am taking care of me. I am not saying my mind is right, just's not an easy thing for me to work on me.
    Much of what we (general population) call stress is not stress at all. It doesn't raise our level of alertness, or cause increases in heart rate or blood pressure. It makes us frustrated, or unhappy. It is an annoyance. Once a soul evaluates what is true stress and what is an inconvenience, it will be much easier to address what is causing stress and what needs a tweak.
  • Stress can be so bad, thanks for the tips here to help beat it.
  • Awesome article! Thank you!
  • SparkPeople is definitely a place to find positive people to surround yourself with!
  • Stress definitely takes its toll
  • So good to have these things handy, stress can be so harmful.
  • I agree. I read once that Clutter is "unmade decisions" which weighs on us. This is true for me, because my clutter is unfinished projects, things not put away because I'm not sure if I'm done with them, things that don't have assigned spaces in my home, because I haven't decided where they should go. Ugh! Very depressing. Perhaps I should declutter a room ?
  • I also find that if my immediate environment is a mess (my house/my space), I feel stress. A decluttered space is calming.

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