I was speaking with someone the other day about the state of the economy, among other things. She had just lost her job and we were comparing war stories. She asked me what was the scoop with me and I gave her the Reader’s Digest version… changed jobs, moved 2 hours away from my kids, had a relationship break up, bought a house, lost the job I moved for…put house up for sale, preparing to move AGAIN, had some illness in the family…
“Oh my god! It’s a wonder you’re not dead!” she exclaimed. “You have had pretty much the entire top 10 most stressful things that can happen in your life all in one year!”
That kind of got me to thinking… yes, it has been very stressful. That’s part of the reason I started blogging.. well, other than to keep me off internet dating and online poker sites. I felt that if I was going through some major life changes, maybe by writing about these things I could laugh it off.. maybe learn something about myself. On occasion I can be mildly amusing…. as for learning stuff.. well.. that I’m not sure of. I can be a little thick…
“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” – Mark Twain
No, I’m kidding. I’ve learned many things.. I’ve learned who my friends are, for sure. Oddly, I’ve made a bunch of new friends out of the circumstance. So there are plusses and minuses. Good points, bad points.. but I think you’re picking up what I’m throwing down…
Needless to say, I thought I’d look up the most stressful things and found this stress test… and another couple of them. I did several versions. And they all had pretty much the same outcome.
• 300 and over High susceptibility to stress-related illness
Daily practice of relaxation skills is very important for your wellness. Take care of it now before a serious illness erupts or an affliction becomes worse.
Yup. Good to know. My score was 661. Apparently, I should have died of a massive stress related coronary by now.
I sat there and starting thinking about why I wasn’t more stressed… maybe I SHOULD be feeling more stress..? Shouldn’t I be laying in a puddle on the floor weeping about now? Or am I in a constant state of denial?
I looked up stress relievers and found some interesting information. Nothing too wacky or out of the box, but I few that I’m going to try because I haven’t… perhaps they will help some. Oddly, I have unknowingly been doing some without really thinking about it as stress relief… walking..exercising.. journalling/blogging..trying to eat better. But number 11.. Laughter.. is likely what has kept me (relatively) sane. That and the friends who provide me with aforementioned laughs.
“An optimist laughs to forget, a pessimist forgets to laugh.”- Tom Boddett
Laughter has always been a big part of my life.. it’s one of my favourite things, really. Likely why I had crushes on comedians rather than rock stars. I collect signs that say LAUGH.. they’re all over my house. I’ve had enough misery in my life for several lifetimes.. and I’ve chosen laughing over crying. And as a constant reminder, I recently had my own personal LAUGH sign tattooed on my left wrist.
“A thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man.” – Gustave Flaubert
So I shall continue to try to maintain my optimism through laughter since it appears it’s the only thing keeping me out of the grave. If whatever doesn’t kill you truly makes you stronger.. then I’m Herculean.Life: Chugging along. Hoping for some good news soon *fingers crossed* Love: I love to laugh.. hahahaha Hey, check this link from Mary Poppins. Pants: Went for some big walks today with the dog. Working on it.