Friday, June 3, 2011


I took a special interest in the chapter on stress and strain. Stress and Strain are important factors when considering motivation. It is what I consider to be the main opponent in getting things done, at least in my life. As I get older more and more things begin to cause a person (me) undue strain. For me it starts at work, making time for my education, my children, bills and the list goes on. It seems like the more things we have going on in our lives, the more strain (inadequate resources to meet demand) we begin to feel. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but being a single mother of two children, working 40+ hours a week and taking 4 classes sure adds up to a lot of strain which turns to stress.

Below I have a youtube video on stress, which points out simple and natural things we can do to alleviate stress. Since the only way we can alleviate strain (I for one would love to do that), it just isn’t practical sometimes. I liked this video because it focuses on natural remedies and simple tasks that could reduce stress, in order for a person to refocus and regain their motivation for the tasks at hand. Simple natural stuff like diet, in which junk foods and things containing psychoactive drugs like caffeine are not included (which reminds me of the Addictions chapter, I would not want to have to take a medication for stress in which I either become addicted or get a tolerance, which would just lead to more stress). Rather fruits, vegetables, vitamins and other natural minerals. Simple tasks like taking deep breaths, yoga and a little break. I already do some of these things, but after watching this video I will try more, because stress doesn’t just affect a person psychologically, but physically as well. When you’re a single mother of two you can’t risk a weakened immune system or have to worry about high blood pressure or any of the other diseases that HIGH STRESS can bring.


  1. Your post was very informative concerning issues about stress. I appreciated the helpful youtube video. I agree with you, I rather incorporate healthful solutions into my life to alleviate the effects of stress then medication. Vitamin C seems key to building a healthy immune system along with the B-complex vitamins. I think number 10 is probably the most difficult to achieve when you are in the position that you are in being a single mom, working full time, and being a full time student. I do not know how you do it. I hope you have a strong support system around you, because that is a lot to carry on your own. Keep up the good work! Thanks for sharing.

  2. As college students, we have all dealt with stress whether it be over an exam or an overwhelming amount of homework. The amount of work seems to be the biggest stressor for me. I have found that one way to reduce stress is to keep a schedule and manage your time. Once you organize and know exactly what your have to do and when, you can focus on one task at a time. I have learned that I have to deal with one assignment or task at a time. I worry about what I should get done for that day and not what I need to do next week or month. This doesn't mean you should forget or undermine future tasks, but it is much less stressful to concentrate on one thing at a time!