Reducing Stress — Take a Look at Your Activities

Shopping, exercise, and religion are things that can relieve stress or add to it. You need to choose what benefits you the most.

Stress (the word) written in red pencil on white paper with a hard touch
Image by Pedro Figueras from Pixabay

It’s a stressful time of year. And even if it wasn’t, life can be stressful.

Today, Black Friday, as it's been called, is a prime example. For reasons of tradition or for the monetary advantage of saving a few bucks, thousands of people headed to the stores in the wee hours this morning.

I’ve only done this twice in my life, both a long time ago. Why? Because it was stressful for me. How did I know it was stressful? I didn’t enjoy it. I stopped doing it and am happier without going. I can save a few bucks in other ways with much less angst.


In talking to one of our sons yesterday, he revealed that he is finally enjoying going to the YMCA. His membership is less than a month old but he said that the first few times he went he was stressed about going. He was new, learning new routines, visiting a building he hadn’t been to since his own swimming lessons twenty-four years ago. This caused him stress. He was going to de-stress, not add more stress to his life. Finally, he got to the point where he was enjoying it. Now the de-stressing can…



Carol Labuzzetta, MS Natural Resources, MS Nursing

Environmental educator with a passion for teaching youth using the science of awe. Traveler, Photographer, Author, Wife, Mother. Boosted Writer x 10