Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: Stress, Stress, Stress Edition

Sometimes stress creeps up on you without you knowing it.  Your muscles start tensing up, thoughts are running through you head 10 miles a minute, and you over-react at your loved ones for no good reason.  The other day, I snapped at my boyfriend for leaving his cups half full.  I blamed him for leaving his cups half full because I accidentally spilled the water on the floor twice while loading them in the dishwasher.

Yes.  Isn’t that ridiculous?

A calm, rational, unstressed me would normally not get so flustered and flabbergasted.  For some weird reason, when I hear of people exercising and taking care of themselves, I judged them and thought that they weren’t “tough” enough, they weren’t “busy” enough like me who had no time for exercise.

Then I realized I was being an idiot.  We all need to put time in for exercise.  Stress creeps up on us and affects our perspective on life without us knowing it.  If we let it get carried away, it affects our jobs (your colleagues can tell when you are a cranky coworker, as much as you like to deny it) our relationships (yelling at your boyfriend or girlfriend for no reason is just not a good idea), and most importantly, our well-being.  The other day, I went for a run.  It was raining.  Leaves were on the ground.  I didn’t have the right shoes.  But it felt great.  I need to keep this up as an outlet for my stress.

Let’s face it. We can’t control what happens to us.

The only thing we can control is our thoughts and our actions.

Fear, anxiety, worry, and anger are time-consuming and energy-sucking emotions.  They need not be.

As individuals who are constantly striving to be better people we need to be cognizant of our thoughts and actions, and how these affect others.

I find this quote both comforting for the mind and for alleviating the materialistic comforts in which many of us resort to:

“My actions are my only true belongings.  I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.  My actions are the ground on which I stand”

Readers, how do you deal with stress?

PF Blog Love!

Jessica Moorhouse @ Mo’ Money Mo’ Houses writes Minding Your Own Business When it Comes to Other People’s Money – As much as you may want to tell your friend to stop their complaining, cut up that credit card, and buck up and start saving, other people’s money problems aren’t your problems. So shut up until you are asked for your opinion.

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MR @ Money Reasons writes Why I Want Rich People To Buy Things And Spend Money – I want Rich people to buy things and spend there money! Believe it or not, but their spending just might be keeping us middle class folks employed

TRL @ The Retired Landlord writes Should You Buy a Fixer-Upper? – Deciding whether you should buy a fixer-upper as a real estate investment is all about weighing the time commitment with the savings in the asking price.

Crystal @ Budgeting in the Fun Stuff writes Sometimes a Little Stain Goes a Long Way! – Our new house has a breakfast nook right off the kitchen. Our old table doesn’t fit in, but it does now that we stained it!

Maria @ The Money Principle writes How to Trade Forex – This article offers basic knoweldge about Forex traiding.

Luke @ Learn Bonds writes The Effect of ETFs on Individual Bonds – How bonds that are included in ETFs react differently to changes in market conditions than bonds that are not included in ETFs.

A Blinkin @ Funancials writes What Happens When I Swipe My Debit Card? – When you make a purchase with cash, the merchant keeps ALL of the cash you give them. If you give them $100, they keep $100. When you make a purchase with a debit or credit card, the merchant gives a small percentage of that transaction to a processing company AND the bank that issued that debit or credit card. So if you swipe for $100, the merchant keeps $98.

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Steve @ Ready To Quit My Job! writes Dealing With An Abrasive Boss – You’ve got more experience now; why not put it to good use? Go back to school for what you really want to be doing. Switch departments. Cross-transfer. Or look elsewhere.

Teacher Man @ My University Money writes How Much Should I Get In Student Loans? – Most young students that I remember figured that whatever “free money” the government was willing to give loan them was ok by them and defaulted to taking the maximum student loan possible. Consequently, for many people who want to give students advice, the question becomes not, ‘How much CAN I get with student loans?” but rather, “How much SHOULD I get with student loans?”

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8 Responses to Weekend Ramblings & PF Blog Love: Stress, Stress, Stress Edition

  1. I don’t deal with stress well. I just have to remind myself that I’m likely over worrying and things will be fine in the long run. Thanks for including me this week.

  2. eemusings says:

    I used to stress eat. Now I try to get out for a run. Endorphins FTW!

  3. I am able to handle stress OK. I think it’s because I exercise and run on a regular basis which keeps my stress in check. Thanks for the mention!

  4. krantcents says:

    Stress is different for everybody. For me, I usually feel stress when I have little or no control over a situation. Thanks for the inclusion, I am in good company.

  5. Rachael says:

    Thank you for including me! :-)

  6. Stress…… Breathe Easier :) I try to take stress and turn it around into positive energy / action!

    Thanks for hosting and including my article – stop on over and join me @ http://www.YourSmartMoneyMoves.com

    Have a great week!

  7. I handle stress by thinking it out. Mind over matter. I just have to realize that I am a lucky person and I have a lot of things to be thankful about.

  8. Vanessa says:

    Hey, thanks for the mention!

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