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Stress Free Living: Family Stress Management
September 01, 2009

Discover Stress Management for
the Whole Family

September 2009 - Issue #009: Family Stress Management

Last month was a record month for new subscribers of the Stress Free Living ezine! So I first want to give a big, warm welcome to all the new subscribers! Welcome aboard, I hope you enjoy your journey with us.

This issue will include stress management tips that every member of the family can use... including you! I will also announce new information on how you can ask your stress questions and get answers from me as well as others who are visiting the site.

I hope you enjoy this issue of the Stress Free Living ezine!


"Holding resentment is like eating poison and waiting for the ohter person to keel over." ~ Author Unknown

In This Issue...

1. Family Stress Management

2. New Q&A Including our Feature Question!

3. 3 Minute Stress Relief You Can Do Anywhere

4. In Case You Missed It

5. All About You

Welcome to the
Stress Free Living Ezine!

Family Stress Management

With summer coming to an end and school starting back up, stress is bound to rise! Here are some quick tips that can apply to you whether you're a student, work outside (or inside) the home, or are a stay-at-home parent.

  • Avoid Procrastination - Whether it's school work, housework, or regular work, procrastination is a catalyst for stress and anxiety.

  • Take a Mental Health Day - Taking time for yourself when you're stressed is okay... as long as you're not avoiding a big project (in this case it's better just to go and get it over with and give yourself a break afterwards). However, make sure you always follow proper procedures to insure that your absence is excused. If it's your child that needs a day off - be sure that if they're faking sick that you realize that they may be experiencing stress or having problems at school (find out which it is without being too pushy... everybody needs a break once in a while).

  • Time Management - Use your time wisely and once again, avoid procrastination. Don't over-schedule activities for yourself or your children.

  • Eat Breakfast - Be sure that you and every member of your family get off on the right foot each day by fueling up. This will help you power through the day with increased concentration and energy.
Need more tips? Visit the Family Stress Management page which will provide more information on:
  • How you can help your family's stress
  • Marital Stress
  • Tips for Stressed Parents (and submit your own tips or read & comment on tips from others)
  • Stress Management for Teens
And don't forget to learn about how to deal with Stress at Work and the ever popular Bad Boss Stories! Stop by and read the stories already there or submit your own Bad Boss Story today!

You ask, we answer!

Introducing the newest addition to the Stress Q&A!

All you have to do is stop by this page and submit your stress related question. Then we'll open it up for comments and allow others to help you solve your stress dilemmas... and of course I'll try to answer your questions too!

I'm counting on you to help out your fellow site visitors and take a moment to help them find the answers to their questions. So are you ready? We already have our first question...

Financial Troubles That Lead to Everyday Stress

by Cathy from Jacksonville, FL

I am medically disabled with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. When I feel particularly stressed out, my symptoms of IBS flare up, leaving me home-bound. My main causes of stress are finances. Being I am on Social Security, my income is very fixed and as you can imagine, just barely, and I mean barely, able to pay the bills. Hardly any left over at the end of the month.

About 3 years ago I received an inheritance from a relative. It was a fairly large chunk of money, but since I have always been able to handle finances very well, and not spend money foolishly, I thought it would be nice to enjoy two sports cars before our golden years set in. (both my husband and I have always loved sports cars). My husband's income is on the "average" side, and he also does not 'blow' any money either on himself or other things.

With this money I have been able to purchase a total of 6 cars outright (for my son as well), paid insurance on all vehicles on a twice a year basis, manage any huge unexpected bills, paid our yearly property insurance, our yearly homeowners insurance, car repairs, went on vacation three times, etc., etc. We own a small piece of property and live in a 1300 sq. ft. mobile home, which is fine for us.

I am afraid this money will be running out within the next 6 months to a year, and we both feel we have worked long and hard enough to deserve what we truly enjoy.

Do you think we will have to sell our two sportscars??

I want to thank Cathy for putting her faith in us and taking the time to ask her question... Please visit Cathy's question online to see my answer as well as leave your own.

Do you have a stress related question that you need an answer to? Click here to submit your question today and it just might be featured in an upcoming issue of this ezine!

3 Minute Stress Relief You Can Do Anywhere

Unfortunately, we can't choose where and when we get stressed... and sometimes we need a quick minute or two or three to relax and recover from life. Below is my 3 Minute Breathing Exercise that you can do anywhere! It's quick and effective!

Step 1: Get as Comfortable as Possible

Find a quiet spot and try to get as comfortable as you can. If you're at work, this may be difficult if you don't have much privacy... and I'm a bit embarrassed to say it, but I've used this technique in the bathroom when I can't get a moment to myself in the office. I mean, whatever works, right?

Step 2: Close Your Eyes

Okay... so maybe I exaggerated a little when I said you could do this technique "anywhere". Please, if you're driving, wait until you arrive at your destination. If you're a passenger, carry on.

Step 3: Notice Your Breath

This is it. The most important (and sometimes most difficult) part. For three minutes (more or less - if you don't have a timer, just wing it) focus on your breath. The concentration of this exercise may be a bit difficult at first and it may take some practice, but even if you're not great at it, you should see some calming effects anyway.

As you concentrate on your breathing, do not try to change it. If you find your mind wandering, simply bring your attention back to the task. Allow yourself to continue breathing naturally and notice all the attributes of it. You may notice:

  • Are you breathing deeply or shallowly?
  • Do you breathe quickly or slowly?
  • Does your breath seem to come from your lungs or your diaphragm?
  • Does it smell bad? (Okay... just kidding about this one)

As you breathe just notice all the different things about it without trying to change it in any way. At the end of your three minutes, you should feel much more calm and able to carry on with your day. You can use this little technique as often as you need to!

I'd love to hear how this works for you! Don't be afraid to reply to this email to share your experience on my 3 Minute Breathing Exercise!


In Case You Missed It...

In the last few weeks, new subscribers have received my brand new Stressful Lives Mini-Guide to Hypnosis: Breaking the Stereotypes and Removing the Mystery as my gift for signing up. However, I don't want any of my current subscribers to miss out on this must have guide!

Click here to pick up your free copy today!

Last month I did a product review on Aromatherapy Patches. The response was great so I wanted to give you the link again. If you're interested in purchasing or learning more about Aromatherapy Patches, you can click on this Naturopatch Bergamot link.

Click here to read the full product review.

Have you signed up for your complimentary Introduction to Hypnosis E-Course yet? To learn more about how this wonderful tool can work for you sign up here today!

And Finally... I need your help!

Below is a link to a short survey to get your feedback on the Stress Free Living ezine. If you're willing to take the time to complete this brief survey, you'll get a free copy of the Stressful Lives Mini-Guide to Foods That Fight Stress as my Thank You gift to you!

Please click here to be directed to the survey.

Thank you!

All About You

I'd love to hear from You!

To share your feedback on this issue, Please click here to be directed to the survey.

Please feel free to reply to this email with any questions and I will respond to you personally or submit them in our brand new Stress Q&A section to get answers from me as well as other site visitors! And don't forget to visit the site regularly to either submit your own stories & tips or read & comment on what others have written.

If you like this newsletter, please pay it forward by sending it to a friend who might like it. If a friend did forward this to you and you like what you read, you can get your own free subscription by visiting this subscription page.

Thank you for spending some time with me today, I hope you have enjoyed your copy of the Stress Free Living ezine. If there is something you'd like to see next month, please reply to this email and let me know!

And thanks again to Cathy for sharing her question with us!

Wishing you all the very best,

Helping you live a less stressful life.

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