Stress Busters: Keys to Gaining Better Balance

Sometimes life seems like one little interruption after another, some more serious than others. When you find yourself in a challenging situation, it is a lot harder to think of what you need to do to maximize your ability when things are not on an even keel. Now is the time to create a plan of some simple things to do when in the midst of possible ongoing turmoil. With the upcoming holidays in the next few months, it could be as simple as the stress of overload and too much to do with too little time.

You may not be able to change what is happening, but you could consider some options and try and interject them periodically.

1. Since stress and memory lapses seem to go hand in hand, increase your awareness that additional strategies are going to be beneficial. Try to listen better with full attention, take some notes and double check any information you are given.

2. Someone shared the thought that stress is when your mouth says “yes” and your head says “no.” Maybe you could tell the person doing the asking that you will think about it and get back to them. This is a better approach than to be thinking of how to get out of the commitment shortly after you signed on for one more thing!

3. What can you do to unplug from the increased tension you are feeling, even momentarily? Know yourself, what time you have available and what appeals to you then make sure you do something periodically. Take a walk, do some exercise or spend a little time with someone who can take your mind off the stress you are experiencing. Does reading something inspirational, music, playing with a child or a pet help? Maybe there is a craft you enjoy or a hobby that can divert your attention.  Find something that  makes you smile or laugh. You may not have a lot of time, but a few minutes here and there throughout the day can help you from finding yourself really off balance later in the day!

What are you going to put into your stress buster plan?

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to the steps as you walk the tightrope of life. James M. Barrie

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About Kathryn Kilpatrick

Kathryn Kilpatrick received her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in Ohio, including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and for decades in the area of home health care. Kathryn is president of Memory Fitness Matters ( and Communication Connection( She offers memory coaching for all ages and has a geriatric consulting practice. She is a national motivational speaker and author of more than 30 products to enhance communication and connection as well as a Memory Fitness Toolkit. Kathryn brings her decades of experience as a speech-language pathologist to all those wanting to enhance their quality of life, particularly when there are communication, memory and cognitive challenges. Her websites offer information on a wide variety of topics related to elder care concerns as well as memory fitness and successful aging.
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