Barbara Scoville, LCSW

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How do you spell stress?

K-I-D-S

W-O-R-K

M-O-N-E-Y

S-C-H-O-O-L

M-A-R-R-I-A-G-E

D-E-C-I-S-I-O-N-S

L-I-F-E.

Barbara’s definition of stress:

The physical reaction one has when he/she feels like there is more to do, learn, or simply be, than is physically or mentally possible. It is the reaction one experiences when having thoughts like, “I can’t handle this,” or “I can do this, but it will deplete my energy and resources,” accompanied by feelings of helplessness and or fear and resentment.

To paraphrase one of the dictionary definitions I read: Stress is pressure applied to something. Ha! I’m visualizing a cartoon elephant sitting on a balloon, stretching it as far as it will go until it eventually pops. How many times have you felt like that?

High Stress has become more common than the common cold and even though we hate it, we accept it as a necessary evil in our daily lives. I…

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