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Stress Free Living: Is your family stressed?
September 08, 2010
September 2010 - Issue #021: Is your family stressed?
“Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life.”
~ Terri Guillemets
In This Issue...
Stress Free Living Ezine!
Super Skills 4 Kids is one of the most comprehensive programs on goal setting, problem solving and vision building for children. Just the toolbox alone, contains many valuable resources, and the course comes with a comprehensive Workbook, plus many exciting bonuses from our Partners.
“I love empowering and inspiring parents, but it is much more rewarding to see children learning skills that will set them up for life.” - Parent Coach, Annie Desantis
Click here to find out more about Super Skills 4 Kids
I have had a chance to review this course and I was impressed at how much I was able to take away even for myself. So don’t let the info here fool you, it can definitely benefit adults as much as it can children!
Have a safe, fun, and “less stressful” school year!
This months' featured submission is from Terri in response to: Tips and Stories for Stressed Out Parents
My Secret on How to Manage Stress
by Terri David, Michigan, USA
Working away, transporting kids, fixing meals, family commitments. Sometimes I just find myself running in so many different directions that I forget where I am going.
The other day, I was sharing with a friend of mine how hard it was to lose weight even though I was doing all the right things. She shared back, “well, you know stress can make it difficult for your body to lose weight.”
I knew that! But, I had forgotten.
The secret for me to manage stress is to remember to breathe. I hadn't been breathing lately. I learned long ago that I forget to breathe when too much is going on in my life with being a parent, wife, and entrepreneur and I am stressed out.
Why just the other day a salesperson came over our house and she didn’t breathe. Well, she did, just not much (how else would she still be alive). But the whole time she was with us, I just wanted to yell out—BREATHE!
The Hawaiians have a name for people who don’t breathe “Haoles”. They knew how important the breath is and how it can not only help our stress level decrease but keep us in better health by getting more oxygen into our bodies.
So take a deep breath and feel the tensions disappear. Get the kids to take a deep breath too. Sounds pretty easy, doesn’t it? Sometimes it can be. Other times if that doesn’t work for you, maybe it’s time to learn a bit more about breathing and meditation.
Taking that time to focus totally on yourself, your breath and your relaxation can be invigorating and healthier.
I'd like to thank Terri for sharing her story with us! Click here to see this submission online (including a great picture of her kids) and to leave her comments!
Click here to share your own Tips and Stories for Stressed Out Parents
We Should Connect!
As the internet continues to grow and grow, so do our relationships. Where we once only had friends that we had met within our community, we now have friends all over the world that we may never meet at all. For me, this is very exciting! I love meeting new people and I enjoy hearing about all of the different things that go on in the lives of different people around the world.
As a visitor to my website, OurStressfulLives.com, and a subscriber of this ezine, I’m particularly interested in getting to know and connecting with YOU. So for those of you that have hopped on board the “social networking” train, let’s connect!
If you’re a fan of Twitter, follow me @stressless_Jill and send me a message letting me know that you subscribe to my ezine and I’ll be sure to follow you back!
If you’re into Facebook, please “like” the OurStressfulLives.com page as I'm counting on you all to help me "grow" into Facebook :) So click on the icon below if you want to "Like" my page
I also invite you to become a friend on my personal account by clicking on the icon below. Be sure to send me a message to let me know who you are so that I accept your friend request :) Also, a note about FB… I’m just getting started with it and I still have a lot to learn, so please bear with me.
If you enjoy YouTube, visit the OurStressfulLives channel and subscribe to the RSS feed so that you’ll know when new videos are added.
And here’s something that I think is super cool… as I continue to go through the website and update each and every page, I’ve also begun to add a “social networking toolbar” at the bottom of each page. If you’re not into Twitter and Facebook, etc, there are still some cool features that this toolbar offers you.
Here’s what you’ll find:
(Click here to go to the “home” page so that you can see the toolbar as I explain it. It is a green bar that will appear at the bottom of the page.)
Starting on the Left, there is a search box which allows you to search for content within the website so that you can easily find what you’re looking for.
Next to that is the YouTube button. Go ahead and click on that and you’ll see the gallery of my YouTube videos pops up without taking you away from the page you’re on (pretty cool, right?).
Next is the ever popular Facebook “Like” button. If you have a FB account and you are on a particular page on the site that you enjoy, please go ahead and hit that button to “like” that page. It will record your approval of that page without taking you away from it, which is a very convenient and handy feature. (Please use this as often as you “like”… get it?)
The next button on the toolbar is called “random”. When you select this button, it will take you to a randomly selected page within my website. This is a really fun way to help you discover pages you may not have otherwise seen and can keep you busy for hours :)
The next button is just another convenient way to subscribe to the RSS feed of the site blog. When you do this, you’ll stay on the forefront of any additions, changes, or news happening within the site.
The next button is a “Share” button. Again, please use this button often to share stories or articles that you enjoy or find helpful with your social network. This button just makes it super quick and easy to share things on my site without having to leave. Piece of cake!
The next button is for you Twitter people (aka Tweeple)! You can use this button to tweet a link to the page you’re currently viewing on my site and you can see my Twitter feed. So even for those of you who aren’t into Twitter, go ahead and click on this button and you’ll see the latest “tweets” that have been sent out through my Twitter account. Again, just makes it very easy to share any content that you find to be helpful or enjoyable without having to leave the site.
The next button is the Facebook button and it’s similar to the Twitter button. When you click on it you can see the updates from the OurStressfulLives.com page on FB , you can “like” our page, and you can even post a message to our FB fan page (which I encourage you to do).
The next button isn’t labeled with text, but it is a graphic of a person and if you put your cursor over that image, you’ll see the text “Last Live Message”. Now this is a feature I’m very excited about and will be useful to every visitor, even if they’re not into social networking. When you click on that button, you will see a message from me. So this is a spot that I’m going to try to utilize for any important news, updates, or even little antidotes to keep you informed of anything that you need to know or anything that comes up between newsletters.
And then the very last button (the two downward facing arrows) allows you to minimize the toolbar if you aren’t interested in using it and don’t want to see it. I definitely don’t want it to be a hindrance to your visit and I’m sure that there will be some people who are annoyed by it… so I hope those people will understand that while it does offer a lot of great features for my site visitors, I know that it isn’t for everyone and you’re more than free to minimize it and pretend that it doesn’t exist :)
I know that is a lot to take in, but it’s really a piece of cake to get familiar with and to use and if you’re into social networking and you enjoy sharing great content with your friends, family ,and followers, you’ll really appreciate the ease and convenience that this toolbar will bring you.
I hope that we’ll be connecting soon!
In Case You Missed It...
A LOT has happened at OurStressfulLives.com within the past week and if you aren’t subscribed to the site blog RSS feed, you’ve probably missed an amazingly exciting fund raiser… but even though we’ve reached our goal and raised the funds we needed, the story is far from over! In fact, the best part is just about to happen and I can’t wait!
Click here to get all caught up on the story of Kai and Patches
Did you see this story in the news?
"Detroit is the most stressed out city in America" plus, see the top 50 most stressed out metro cities in America. Is yours on the list?
If you want to be notified of changes and additions to OurStressfulLives.com, subscribe to the site blog RSS feed! It’s an easy way to stay up-to-date with changes to the site as they happen!
The site blog was just named a 2010 Top Stress Blog!
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Wishing you all the very best,
Helping you live a less stressful life.
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