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“I launched Happyhalfhour.club to share what hardworking professionals could do, read, reflect upon, or learn to reduce overwhelming stress and to be happier”

This is personal for me

My husband and I joke that in our 20 years of marriage, we have experienced almost all the marriage vows; for “better or worse, richer or poorer, sickness and health.” We have also come close to “till death do us part.” Currently, we are raising daughters in an increasingly volatile and disengaged world. We are supporting elderly parents who, once strong, are becoming more dependent. We are monitoring the news attempting to interpret fact from fiction and to understand how it affects us personally.

Life continues and we must go on regardless of how much stress we carry. We are expected to produce high quality work and be readily available to our families. We condition ourselves to push through ignoring or minimizing the signs of overwhelming stress until another crisis occurs. That is what I did.

When we were going through our crises, I woke up worrying around one o’clock every morning, unable to go back to sleep. I ate cookies, candy, or cake throughout the day to soothe my emotions. I occasionally lashed out at my supervisors, co-workers, and family for seemingly no reason. My joints and muscles ached. My chest and head hurt. I was miserable.

My emotions were all over the place. Some days I felt extremely happy, smiling and joking. The next day I woke up angry at my situation and myself. I felt hurt, sad and disappointed. To find solace, I occasionally drove to a secluded area to cry uncontrollably. I struggled to focus on my work and struggled to attend to my family. I was afraid, emotionally drained and overwhelmed.

Stress levels are affected by the facts and our perception of what is going on in our lives and happening around us. Real or imagined fears initiate the stress response making us feel as if the weight of the world is on our shoulders. It is a helpless feeling.

I finally decided that I needed to change to manage the things I could not change. I began to read and learn about stress and the stress response. I then incorporated what I learned into my lifestyle. I am so much happier.

More importantly, I learned that stress relief can occur in less than 30 minutes. Please allow me to share what I learned with you.

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