Stress, so we even know when we have it? And when we do how do we calm it? Stress- there is an American Institute for Stress! Can you imagine working there. I popped onto their web site and found this little ditty:

Effects Of Stress

Stress is difficult for scientists to define because it is a highly subjective phenomenon that differs for each of us. Things that are distressful for some individuals can be pleasurable for others. We also respond to stress differently. Some people blush, some eat more while others grow pale or eat less. There are numerous physical as well as emotional responses as illustrated by the following list of some 50 common signs and symptoms of stress.

Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or   pain                      

Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing

Gritting, grinding teeth
Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts              Stuttering or stammering       

Trouble learning new information                         Tremors, trembling of lips, hands

Forgetfulness, disorganization,                                Difficulty in making decisions.

Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms               Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed.

Ringing, buzzing or "popping sounds                   Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness.


Cold or sweaty hands, feet

                                                                                 Frequent blushing, sweating                             

Dry mouth, problems swallowing                                Rashes, itching, hives, "goose bumps"


Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping                         Overreaction to petty annoyances

Increased frustration, irritability, 

Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea                   Excess belching, flatulence                                                          
Obsessive or compulsive behavior                        Constipation, diarrhea

Reduced work efficiency or productivity                   Rapid or mumbled speech

Difficulty breathing, sighing

Sudden attacks of panic                        Chest pain, palpitations                                                    

Excessive defensiveness or 

  Problems in communication, sharing

Frequent urination                            Social withdrawal and isolation

Poor sexual desire or performance              Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue

Increased anger, frustration, hostility

This is a majority of the symptoms from stress………………….

So tell me does this describe you? I am having trouble not finding a symptom I did not experience this past week!

I do a lot of deep breathing, increasing the oxygen supply in my brain, and trying to cleanse my soul.

But bottom line, looking at these symptoms and reflecting on the week- I think I had a PRETTY STRESSFUL WEEK>There has gotta be a FULL MOON coming around the bend in the next week.

So I am off for a bubble bath, maybe have a small bit of ice cream and call it a day.

Cuz the only thing that was not stressful was dinner at my brothers house with he , his wife , Mark and myself. The evenings home , talking to Jeff and Amanda,and resting on that heated mattress pad.

Work was busy, crazy, unbelievable this week…. It is over, I am deep breathing and off I go to soak !. Love to all, Cindy