How to Handle Stress in Healthy Ways

When you’re feeling anxious (my case when not) a good idea is to take a time-out.

I’m not exactly certain to what extent this thought will affect me in coming days;

however, I feel the need to try something different.

In with the new – out with the old.

This week I spoke at length long-distance with my oldest granddaughter.

She hasn’t had an easy life since her Mother (my daughter) departed from Earth.

The month of June is tough for us as we experience an array of emotions unknown

and foreign to those who’ve never lost a parent or a child.

An interesting comment she made to me was in regard to ‘positivity toxicity’.

Here for years I’ve been reading self-help books and trying to understand people’s

actions and in the end feeling a bit numb.

Could it be possible that too much of a good thing isn’t exactly the most healthiest

ingredient?

I thought about her words.

Too much sodium isn’t good for high blood pressure patients; too much sugar isn’t

wise for a diabetic.

And I’m beginning to reflect on the possibility that trying to hard, caring too much,

reading and listening to comforting words does little to curb what I’ve been

experiencing on the inside these past years.

Words – words – words!!

Then I Googled ‘Toxic Positivity’ and found that ‘yes’ there is such a belief.

Defined as: an obsession with positive thinking, people should place a positive

spin on all experiences — even those profoundly tragic.

Wow – what an absurd thought pattern.

The Cloud

Atop the mountain view
Most worrisome cloud e’er knew


Golden years sad constant blacken
Plague negative sources ’bout happen


Majority folks petrified country dread
Cloud huge looms day-after-day overhead


Supermarket shelves items hard shoppers find
Thanks greedy humans playing card unkind


Schooling options hybrid versus remote online
Job loss everywhere large unemployment lines


Chaos, civil unrest amid considered life new norm
Masks requirement mandatory – optional gloves worn


Social distancing limit interaction family and friends
Weeks turn months – questionable period curse e’er end


Positive smiles worn hidden constant concerns fear
Await cell phone notification alert country fine – all clear










SoCS: March 28th

Today’s prompt: ‘beside me’

Anxiety encompasses me

Fear feel visually don’t see

Try remain calm and busy

Social media awareness updates

Seriousness pandemic issues relate

Interact TV ‘n social media sudden hate

Listen adult children’s conversational concerns

Follow pleasurable thoughts spoken summer plans

In  ‘do-not resuscitate’ category age factor learn

Think how awful suffer then face last breath – die alone.


SoCS: March 28th

 

Anxiety – Fear – Invisible Enemy

A good writer
An avid reader 
Aft news gardener 

Time it takes to sit and read
Methods world population proceed
Particles of media outdated chose weed

Tis hard to believe age matters
Those 60 or over Triage procedures
Italians no longer treated – poor elderly

Sadness worldwide grows
Amidst medical status quo
Threat worsens new week unfolds

Sufferer anxiety ‘n depression
Counterproductive thoughts lessen
Social media access with discretion

 

 

JusJoJan Day No: 10 – Dogs

I wonder how many writers or perhaps how many times a writer has penned words
through tearful eyes.

I share little with regard to personal life. Friends and I often joke about the
response ‘Fine Thanks’  when asked the polite question: “How are you?”

I’ve been raked through the coals and only those who’ve walked the same path have
any knowledge of the stories.

I started blogging for therapeutic reasons and ‘yes’ it helped to put ‘some’ of those
feelings of heartbreak out there. I’ve kept the details private though with good reason.

Moving along I participated in challenges for fun and also to learn, learn and learn more.

Then along came the opportunity – a month long challenge – rough draft a novel.
My choice was totally out-of-the-box.

Daily I deal with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and its’ friend Depression. Talk about illnesses that mess with one’s emotions.

I figured I had a dog’s chance of achieving my dream.

I grew dog-tired of going in circles and thought perhaps best to dog it period. 

This morn I attended a local author’s presentation and Poetry reading. It was quite beneficial.

I reflected on her words:
1. Time
2. Keep Trying
3. Celebrate Life

Could this combo be a heaven-sent message for me?? 

So without further adieu I’d like to share a picture of my favorite dog of the five dogs
that were part of my family. She’s a Lhasa Apso who was a family companion, loving
and attentive – slept beside me back when I was quite ill with a condition that took up
two paragraphs in a popular known set of encyclopedias. 

Puff after grooming visit - cutie

JusJoJan Day No: 10 – Dogs

 

 

Feeling Lost ~ Losing Battle

Wishful thinkin’
Write story – label fiction

Triggers everywhere
Branches social media

Who better become author
Tale atrocities earth mother

So tired of feeling victim                             
Resident emotional prison
caged - lost
Professionals questioned
Skirted answers – circumvention

Irked – abrupt stop therapy
Search ‘n find – felt the need

True facts plus lots research
Prior start endeavor seek solace God’s house – church.

~ JAQ

 

 

 

 

Timing ~ Too Late

Fear
Impossible
Solve problems

Solutions
Terrible timing
Emotional handcuffs

Confusion
Strange behavior
Apologize total unaware

Information
True-to-form
Understand now – too late

Life
Burdens bare
Years therapy – nowhere

Time
Decade questions – answers
Powerless world advances

Lessons
Overtime learn
Intrusive thoughts – stomach churns.

~ JAQ