Infograph: Effects of Stress

February 27, 2013


Last night, I texted my good friend and physical trainer Jackie, “I’m going to the gym kicking and screaming. When will we all be better????” It was 7:30 pm and after a long day of having all three boys home because of illness, the last thing I wanted to do was to get on an elliptical for 30 minutes. Feeling off because I have been out of the gym for a week (my toe!), I was starting to feel the mental stress but I couldn’t make myself get out of the house.

Jackie texted back, “You are taking steps towards it. Stride on elliptical for mental clarification and de-stress.”

The words were accurate and encouraging (what I needed the most) and I did it! I was on the machine for 35 minutes and did a variety of ab work. I decided to not write last night and watch an episode of Girls, chatted with Jose and didn’t turn on my computer. But guess what? It’s 6:30 a.m now and I’m doing another thing I love, I know Diego will be home from school today and I’ll be ready for him, his brothers and my day because I gave myself the time I needed.

What are you doing lately to de-stress? Anything that is not on this infograph?

I hope you are all staying healthy and warm. To my Chicago readers, “You can do it! You’re from Chicago!! What’s a little snow?” ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Reply Maria Gabriela Fernandez February 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Good article! I have been experiencing alot of stress lately, to the point of getting some headaches (or I could need new glasses and more sleep?). I am fortunate enough to work from home every day, but in the same token I never leave the office. I have a treadmill at home, but it’s such a challenge to get on it daily between everything that needs to get done with my little one and late emails from my office out west. We have started eating better, cleaner since December and feel good about this. I regularly schedule me time with my girls and my number #1 girl Daniella. I have scheduled doctor’s appointments so I can get my check ups out of the way and I’m trying VERY hard to work out at least every other day (really I am!). My goal is to sign off at 5:30PM EST regardless and do a 30 min work out and if I need to check my mail will do so once the little one is in bed. I would appreciate any tips from mommies out there on how I can get more motivated to work out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Hi Maria!
      Congrats on the clean eating, I can’t wait to share with you a project that my friend Vanessa is starting to help women like you. Stay tuned! And congrats as well on the other steps you are taking. For now I can tell you that when I work out in the morning, even if it is at 10 am (baby’s nap time), it makes my day go much smoother. I am working out 2 evenings and it is HARD! I’ve been up since 6am and I’m exhausted. BUT, I never regret it at the end. Schedule work outs as if you were scheduling an appt or conference call. You can even get up for 10 minutes, do jumping jacks, sit ups, push ups (you’ve seen all the Pinterest ideas) and get back to work. I walked into my son’s kindergarten class and the teacher stopped them all between assignments and they all happily started doing jumping jacks. Imagine if you stop at least 3 times a day? Before you know it, your body will CRAVE those minutes just like it craves coffee for example.

      I applaud all that you do Maria! Raising a child and being a working mom… your daughter sees all that you do for her, you are a great example! Believe that you can do more FOR YOU! xoxo

    • Reply Bertha March 2, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Hi! First can I just say that I love you daughters name? I myself have a Daniela too! Also, you are doing what a lot of working mothers want to do. Stay home! Yes it’s hard no matter if we go out and work or stay home and do it. Small steps make a big difference and you’re clearly on the right path. Some gyms have on site child care, you don’t have to feel guilty about leaving the little one because you’ll be able to take her with you! I do Zumba it helps me tremendously to de stress after a bad day at work. I’m not sure how old your little one is but maybe you can put a workout DVD in while she naps? Even if you work from home you still have to take a lunch, right? Turn the computer off and the phone and just do it! I recently got the Jillian micheals ab DVD and it is awesome! I may never have her abs but I do have a lot fun trying or pretending to get those abs! Best of luck.

  • Reply Vanessa February 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Oh yes, de-stress!!!!! I’m making sure I get my workouts in & accomplishing tasks in the moment, instead if putting them off for tomorrow!!!

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 1, 2013 at 9:54 am

      Can’t wait for you to unveil your project! So many will benefit from your knowledge!!!

  • Reply Nina February 28, 2013 at 11:14 am

    After nearly 9 months of no exercise, I am READY to exercise, and that’s saying a lot since I don’t even exercise regularly lol. But seriously, once you’re not allowed to exercise, you take for granted your body and the benefits of a simple walk around the block can do.

    As far as other ways to de stress, usually writing or talking to my husband keeps me sane. I heard something about storytelling helps our brains sort out sequence of events and logic and therefore calm down our sometimes frantic minds.
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    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Awesome consciousness Nina! I believe that is a huge step forward to so many things!

      I really believe I am in the best shape ever right now. I have to say that for my head to develop the patience I needed when my 3rd baby was born, exercise and blogging have been the solution. Now I can’t stop!! And I’m happy! I’m always “overwhelmed” (I don’t want to say “stressed” anymore) and running around but I know I have a handle on it!

      Storytelling? Start writing that book!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxo

  • Reply Caro February 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Organize, organize, and organize! I am constantly organizing something. My refrigerator, my jewelry drawer, the kids books, the pantry, medicine cabinet. I feel so good after the task is done. I feel a sense of clarity and organization. A little task everyday to help de-stress.

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 1, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Caro, Please come to my house. You have total access to any drawer, cubby and pantry. Lol ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxo

  • Reply Nancy February 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    I run into some kind of stress everyday, it’s impossible to avoid it. Specially when kids get sick, Frankie gets this fevers that last for a few days and no other symptoms, and its stressful trying to figure out what’s wrong with him, and all I can do is pray that he’ll be fine. So praying could be very powerful, it always work for me, I wish I would pray more often, but I really like when I get very into it and I feel a spiritual connection. God will listen no matter what it is he will always listen. ๐Ÿ™‚ xoxo

    • Betty
      Reply Betty March 1, 2013 at 10:01 am

      Nancy with 3 children, it is impossible not to feel overwhelmed. Like Caro stated, organizing help! Like I say, exercise helps me. And now you are sharing something that is not on the infograph: praying! Remember that you don’t have to be anywhere specific to pray! Have you tried yoga or mediation? I’m on the lookout for some good yoga DVDs and know that Deepak Chopra and Oprah have teamed up together to teach meditation. Love that! I’ll see what I can find.


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