Sunday, September 20, 2009

At the Well - Stress Busters

Gathering At the Well

"When Motherhood Is Stressful" is the topic in which all women - mothers or not, can relate! The discussion centers around what stresses we face and what we can do about them.

In our home, we strive to keep things calm and peaceful which helps things run smoothly. We have learned through the years to adapt to my husband who works different shifts. Many times he is at work when things come up - holidays, family gatherings and other meaningful events. Several events recently occurred where our kids needed to be somewhere EARLY in the morning and...he was at work! Part of our family stress can come from this, but since this is the reality of our situation, we must deal with it. Many times I must prepare myself to go alone, or be the one who has to do the job. I can stress over it, but it still must be done!

Learning to anticipate zones where stress is about to overwhelm me, helps me be prepared to face the situation calmly. At night, I get tired and little things seem to magnify and set me off. I have learned never to make decisions at night when I am tired and grumpy! I try to keep a watch over my words during this time as unkind words can fly out quickly.

Having too many things to do stresses me out greatly! I get easily overwhelmed when the house is a mess, things are due at work, there are things undone and there doesn't seem to be time to do them.

What are some stress busters for me?

An early morning walk on the beach:

The sight of my children having fun:

I couldn't resist sharing these, as we just came back from a quick weekend trip! These trips do not occur very often and although a sure cure for stress, not a practical way to deal with everyday stress!

My biggest stress buster is to walk. I try to take a walk several times a week. This gives me some time to myself, a way to relax and enjoy solitude if I walk by myself or companionship if someone goes with me. The fresh air and the beauty of the cool of the evening soothe my nerves and provide needed energy to finish out the day. The health benefits of walking and exercise equip me with the strength to take care of my family. It's truly a win-win situation!

Stress is a fact of life and if left unchecked is dangerous for our bodies. Finding a way to deal with our stresses and ways to relieve stress are not simply luxuries, but necessities to enable us to care for our families. Finding what works and following through in doing it will make a great difference in our lives and the lives of those around us.

Psalm 94:19
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,Your comforts delight my soul.


  1. beautiful post and pictures we must always remember that we can rely on him to always take care of us

  2. I soooo needed to read this post as I had one of *those* type of weekends. I love your advice: Learning to anticipate zones where stress is about to overwhelm me, helps me be prepared to face the situation calmly.

    If I followed that advice more frequently, my life and the lives of my family members would be much, much calmer! It's a simple step that goes a long way!

    Thanks for sharing!


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