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How do you measure your stress level?

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It is Tuesday, which is a reason to be stressed, right? Oh, wait...maybe that is just me. Any given day could be a cause for stress...the kicker is, sometimes, we don't realize just how stressed we are, how much is really weighing on us.

I have a good barometer to my stress level: how easily I laugh. Over the weekend, we were playing a game of Monkey in the Middle aka Keep Away (though it should be renamed Mama in the Middle, as I am always in the center, trying to snatch the ball from my husband or daughter). It was tons o' fun. Kiddo was giggling, my husband was giggling, and I -- finally -- started to laugh and "let go" about halfway through. I was enjoying myself the whole time, but it took me a while to really get loose and guffaw.

It's because, yeah, I'm stressed. Nothing huge, but Life Stuff here and there that tends to hang around and weigh on the brain (and the heart). Do I get a tad gnarly or less patient when I'm stressed? Yup. Do I wake up at 2:34 a.m. and toss and turn for an hour or so? Yup. Does my stomach get wonko? Yup. But I can always tell just how much stress is affecting me by my ability to laugh.

What about you? How stressed are you? How do you know when you are really stressed? 

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by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Replies (31-40):
Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:10 PM

i do too, and i hate it


Quoting Juniper53098:

I loose my patience with the family more easily when I'm feeling stressed.



Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:11 PM


that's good!  maybe i should tsrat working out

Quoting natesmom1228:

I honestly don't really get stressed. As long as my family is happy and my bills are paid then I am good to go. I do go to the gym 5 days a week and that helps.



Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM


me too!

Quoting sukainah:

I agree with this lol

Quoting meam4444:

 When I start loosing my cool way too fast...it's time for mommy time out.




Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:12 PM

sounds like you do have a lot going on, hope it all gets better for you


Quoting Moms_Angels1960:

Right now pretty stressed, hubby & I are fighting, my helper is out with influenza and the people trying to help me frankly aren't much help at all. Leaving me to do the majority of the cooking and cleanup.But they are help to a certain degree and I am not talking to my dad right now.



Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:26 PM


i always feel a littl estressed before certain dr. appointments when i'm hearing the results of certain tests i have taken

Quoting aidensmomma508:

Ya I do get stressed I'm bringing my son to the dr for his physical today and I have a feeling of impending doom lol my son hates drs usually. 



Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 5:27 PM

need to start working out


Quoting Hottmomma607:

When I'm cranky! lol Yup thats about it! Working out usually helps me to relive stress!



Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:22 PM


wish i could say the same

Quoting natesmom1228:



Quoting hugss:

Depends on how I feel I guess,
Not too stressful for me :)

Same here.




Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:23 PM


i didn't know cold sores could be related to stress.  I do get them every so often.

Quoting Bmat:

When I am really stressed I get a tic in my eye and start with cold sores. When I am moderately stressed I get migraines.



natesmom1228
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 6:30 PM

 

It works for me.

Quoting Kainalu55:

 

that's good!  maybe i should tsrat working out

Quoting natesmom1228:

I honestly don't really get stressed. As long as my family is happy and my bills are paid then I am good to go. I do go to the gym 5 days a week and that helps.

 

 


 

Kainalu55
by on Jan. 29, 2013 at 7:15 PM


i need to get back into shape...it's just getting motivated to start!

Quoting natesmom1228:


It works for me.

Quoting Kainalu55:


that's good!  maybe i should tsrat working out

Quoting natesmom1228:

I honestly don't really get stressed. As long as my family is happy and my bills are paid then I am good to go. I do go to the gym 5 days a week and that helps.







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