stress relief

53. You are in the right place… at the right time!

I receive a lot of emails from viewers of our YouTube channel and one thing that I need to repeat, time and time again, is that you ARE in the right place and the right time.


Perhaps the most worrying this week was knowing that Coco, who is part of our TinyChat broadcast community,  had travelling to Oklahoma with her two sons just in time for the tornado. It took 24 hours to find out that she and the boys were safe but, with her usual up-beat attitude, she said it was good for the boys to learn what Oklahoma was really like. They are considering moving there.


Life brings us challenges and lessons. Sometimes we “get it” and sometimes we need to repeat the challenge or lesson until we “get it”. I am going through challenges at the moment – luckily they are not serious. I did not want to hear that my blood pressure was way too high and I know what caused it and what continues to push it up. I have taken some steps to reduce my stress.


I have to be grateful that we live in a time when medications are available to balance out things like blood pressure. However, one of the realities in my life is that I am now getting older and not able to do all the things I used to be able to do. I do a lot, don’t get me wrong! I just cannot do it all any more. A case in point was taking down the kitchen cupboard doors and repainting the first batch. I had not realized that, with arthritis, it was impossible for me to put them back on my own. It is almost impossible to lift, hold and level a cupboard door while holding a drill and screw…when you have arthritis. Actually, it made me wonder how I used to do it without.


The blessing in this is that one of my friends, Yvonne, noted that I had painted the doors but had not put them back up and she worked out why. She knows me well enough to know that asking for help is difficult for me. I have been self-sufficient for so many years.


I am really happy that I decided to take the time to repaint my kitchen cupboards while I save up the money to do a revamp of my kitchen. It has really brightened up the room. It is truly amazing what a difference a coat of paint and a some new hinges can do.

old cupboards

Old dishwasher & cupboards

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New dishwasher & paint job


YouTube Upate – Week 38

Subscribers             2693
Views                       69,513 from 136 countries
Blog views               3,834
Non-Smoking Days  131 –   saving of $1,401.08

Lessons learned: Learning to ask for help will help me get things done more quickly!



30. Take the time to care about others

As I sat in the hospital emergency department, supporting my friend Patty and her husband who had fallen, broken a rib and punctured a lung, I remembered a couple of truths:

  • Sometimes just being there for someone who is going through a traumatic time is enough. It is not necessary to “do” or say the right things. It is just important that you are there. Maybe as a distraction from all that is frightening.
  • I cope with stress through humour/humor. That was difficult when I was not meant to make the patient laugh. I realized that my one-liners run off the end of my tongue before I can close my lips! It is instinct for me, after all these years of “performance mode”. The only way I could stop myself was to take out my Sony tablet and edit something I was working on or playing games.
I watched a man come into the emergency and he was obviously sore. He was also alone. Time went by and it was evident that he needed x-rays and they took him away for some. When he came back I could see the signs of a “social” being who was alone, for whatever reason. 

I just asked if there was anything I could get for him. That opened up the floodgates. What a charming man! He told me about his life, the love of his life (his wife) and how he had fallen that morning and had come in to make sure he had not done any damage. 

I listened intently. Actively listened. Encouraging him to expand on certain parts of his story. He had asked his wife to marry him just a week after meeting her! I learned about how he started off life selling shell earrings almost door to door. How he later had been in the RAF and learned about contracts and how he later went into business. The whole story was fascinating and, in truth, distracted me from the situation I was in.

The strange part came later. I met him again when I went outside to get a break and he was leaving the emergency. He walked over and started chatting again. Then he asked me “… are you a psychologist?” I laughed and told him no but I was fascinated as to why he had asked me that question. “You just are so good at asking questions and truly listening to the answer. One doesn’t often meet people who appear to genuinely care about what you are saying”. I thanked him for the compliment and told him that it is my hobby to listen to people and, if possible, to help them by getting them to talk more about whatever it is that is troubling them.

I am so glad I took the time to ask him just one question to, hopefully, lessen the stress he was in. I am also glad that I did drop my body language into a listening mode and did listen intently. I am also glad that the man got a chance to talk out some of his “stuff” and find some distraction as he waited for the results of the x-rays.

It turned out that he was fine and I was a happier person for having taken the time to let him tell me his fascinating love story.

YouTube Channel Update – Week 9
Subscribers  1261
Views          14,222 from 109 countries
Blog views   1360

Lesson learned: It is wonderful what one (caring) question can do for a person.

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