One Rule to Stress Less

Life in the Good home is a mix of dazzle and frazzle. Personal and social commitments are more than plentiful. There are days when my mind is so full, I feel like I am going to explode. The specialists say to take a yoga or exercise class to release stress while others tell us to reduce, reorganize and rethink our lifestyle. I do all of the above. However, I must not be doing something right, because I keep coming up short.

While we are all busy and fill our plates with all types of activities and responsibilities, I would like to pass on to you my strategy for handling stress. Just two little words do the trick for me: simply be.

I say those two words to myself when the going gets tough and immediately, my entire body begins to relax. My mind becomes clearer and my body automatically takes in a deep breath and I let out a heavy exhale and rethink. Just stopping the momentum for a few minutes and taking a few deep breaths tends to do the trick -- but it takes time and you have to allow yourself to calm down. That's the biggest trick, allowing yourself permission to be calm. But just like that, a few minutes later, everything is much better.

Since I am in whirlwind mode most days, I am thinking of having a tattoo of SIMPLY BE tattooed onto the inside of my wrist for only my eyes to see. Yes, my own little one-ingredient recipe to stress less is Simply be.