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Stress Free Living, Issue #004 -- How to Choose Fun over Stress
April 07, 2009

Thank You for Sharing Your Lives with Us

April 2009 - Issue #004: How to Choose Fun over Stress

If you've visited in the past week, you may have noticed something different. There's a new look with all the same great content. However, much of the content has been rearranged and you may not find a page where it used to be... but by moving some of the pages around, hopefully they're now all in a place that makes the most sense. I hope you enjoy the new look and the new layout.

Best Wishes,
Jill R.

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Feature Story!

I asked for Tips & Stories for Stressed Out Parents and Annie Desantis from Australia answered the call. Her submission is this month's Feature Story...

Choose Fun over Stress!

by Annie Desantis

There is no doubt about it, Parenting is a pretty major job. And when parents are working, managing a household, and maybe coping with financial pressures, kids sometimes can be incredibly demanding...

Click here to read the rest of the story and add your comments!

I want to thank Annie for sharing with us!

Don't forget to submit your own stories and tips today to have the chance for your story to be featured next month!

The results are in...

In last month's newsletter, I asked you to tell me How the Economy was Affecting Your Stress.

A BIG Thank You to everyone who participated, the response was great, and here are the results...

We asked: Have you been affected by layoffs or job loss due to the economy?

  • Great news, NONE of the readers marked that they had lost their jobs.
  • A whopping 50% of polled readers answered that they have co-workers who have lost their jobs.
  • 25% said that they have family members who have lost their jobs.
  • 25% said that they did not know anyone who has lost their job due to the economy.

For those who are working, we asked them to check all that apply:

  • 2% Responded that they have been asked or forced to reduce their salary
  • 34% Have been told that there will be no raises this year.
  • 11% Have been forced to cut their hours.
  • 42% Have been taking on additional work due to a reduction in staff.
  • 33% Said that due to these changes, stress at work has increased significantly.
  • 2% Of those who responded said none of the above applied.

We asked: Have you (either voluntarily or involuntarily) been cutting back on spending:

  • 76% Said Yes
  • 0% Said No
  • 24% Said not yet, but I plan to

We asked: Have you lost your home?

  • 0% said Yes
  • 98% said No
  • 2% said No, but I know others who have

And finally we asked: How do you feel that the state of the economy has affected your stress level?

  • 0% Said Significantly
  • 72% Said Moderately
  • 28% Said Very Little
  • 0% Said Not at All

The results of this poll were very interesting and I hope you all enjoyed participating... thanks again!

In Case You Missed It... is now accepting your submissions! We want your stories, tips, comments, etc.

To submit your story, visit the True Personal Stories section of the site which lists a few of the topics that we are accepting submissions on, as well as a list of readers' submissions.

Submitted stories are also listed at the bottom of each page which contains a submission form. Click on the links to read and comment on the stories. If you find a submission form that does not have links to any stories, don't be afraid to be the first!

For even more details on how this works, make sure you read the March Issue of this ezine.

All About You...

I'd love to hear from You!

Please feel free to reply to this email with Questions, Tips, or Ideas and I will respond to you personally. And don't forget to visit the site regularly to either submit your own stories or read stories others have written.

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

And thanks again to Annie for her tips on parenting and how to choose fun over stress!

Wishing you all the very best,

Jill R.

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