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13 ways to stay stressed out

Just in case you aren’t stressed out enough, here are 13 ways to make sure you can turn your stress level up to the MAX!

1. Don’t have any kind of plan for meals or grocery shopping. Figure out what’s for dinner at 7 pm each night.

2. Don’t designate a specific place for your mail and bills. This will ensure that you have piles of papers all around your house, and you will have no idea where your bills are.

3. Let coworkers pile their work on you. Be the go-to person in the office.

4.  Say yes to every request made by your church, your kid’s school, and your civic obligations.

5. Don’t have a  morning routine for getting out of the house on time. Sleep until the last minute and scream like a banshee to get everyone out the door!

6.  Do all the housework yourself without asking for help. I mean, if you are the woman in this relationship, isn’t it *your* job to take care of the house? Even if you work a job as well? And if you are home all day with the kids, you should have plenty of time to get it done!

7. Cater to your kids every whim and don’t require them to do their share of chores. Teach them that you are there to serve and take care of them, you are the parent, right?

8. Be too busy to get together with friends. That will just have to wait until you have more free time.

9. Don’t exercise. Don’t have a gym membership, that costs too much and you don’t have time anyway. And you don’t even really have time to do a workout at home either, I mean, with the kids and the housework.

10. Don’t set aside time to connect with your partner. At this point in your life, you just need to be on autopilot in your relationship. You know that you love each other, and you both will just have to be patient til things in life calm down a bit.

11. Don’t slow down long enough to listen to your body and soul. Keep going full speed ahead so you don’t hear your soul telling you it is starving for relaxation and a few minutes of quiet. Push your body to the limits and ignore any symptoms you have.

12. Allow your parents and/or inlaws to dictate much of your life. I mean, they are your parents and you do need to honor and respect them. And you feel guilty for being such an awful teenager. All you want is their acceptance, so you will do anything to please them, no matter how it affects your family.

13. Spend your weekends in the mall, toys R us or Walmart instead of the park or hanging out with your friends or your kids. There is always some new thing coming out and if you don’t shop each weekend, you might miss it!

Obviously, this post is tongue-in-cheek. None of us wants to MAX our stress level out. We are always wanting to reduce it somehow, but not really sure how to do so or what things would make the biggest impact.

Insanity- doing the same things but expecting different results

If you want things to change, you gotta do something different.

Take a look at this list above. Are you doing any of these things, even to a degree?

STOP!

                      Make changes.

                                                                   Do something different.

It is NOT selfish to expect others to do their fair share. They may not like it at first, because they are used to YOU doing everything, but they will learn.

What changes are you going to make to reduce your stress level today? Or do you have another to add to our list here? Please share in the comments!


9 comments to 13 ways to stay stressed out

  • I love the “scream like a banshee to get everyone out the door” part ;)

  • I am so guilty of some of these!. I try not to be guilty of all of them all of the time! I think a lot of it is about being prepared – plan meals, schedule exercise, etc.

  • Love it, humorous & thought provoking! Keys into my mantra – be a bit selfish … for the sake of others! ;o)

  • Angeleen

    I laughed so hard at the “scream like a banshee to get everyone out the door”!!! lol
    I’m a homeschool mom with with 3 kids. My daughter is 8, my son is 6, and my 2 year old daughter thinks she’s the boss of the whole house. lol I have no dishwasher, no transportation and trying to wean has been a nightmare! Our 2 year old has to share our room too (which doesn’t help).lol Because my husband works really long hours, we only see him on Sundays (& he’s exhausted) and we have to use that day to get our running around done.
    Life is a hay day, enjoy every second you can! Even if you have to scream like a wild banshee every once in a while to keep your over tired head from spinning the rest of the day :P lol
    So funny!!!

  • maria

    I read this awhile ago. At the time, I was following you 10 steps for a well-run home. So, it didn’t look like me. Since then, I’ve fallen off the wagon :( I read this today and felt like it was a checklist of what my life has been like lately. Time to go back to a well-run home!

  • Love this tongue-in-cheek post! Sometimes it’s good to just sit back and have a good laugh at yourself. I am working on planning to leave 30 minutes before we actually *need* to so I don’t have to be the screaming banshee mom, lol!

  • Nataliya

    Love the Humor. Certainly guilty of a few and will admit makes my life crazy hectic. NEED A SCHEDULE ASAP. Thank you!

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  • Natalie

    Oh my that’s my list!! Ok so now I know Im officially stressed! There was not a one on that list that I don’t do! jeepers! Thanks for that ! Im starting today!. INSANITY- DOING THE SAME THING AND EXPECTING SOMETHING DIFFERENT!