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May 15, 2019

Too blessed to be stressed.  I haven’t met the person this saying applies too, maybe because they live on their own private island where the sand is white, and the water is blue. Dolphins playing in the ocean help keep their mind from overthinking and the salty ocean breeze helps them relax until it’s time for their massage.  
Statistics show that eight out of ten people are affected by stress.  There are times we tend to focus on the negative aspects of our lives, and we forget the blessings we have.  It helps to practice counting your blessings, you will be amazed how many there are.
There are many quotations and sayings that reflect this message.  “Count your blessings, not your troubles.” “A sense of blessedness comes from a change of heart, not from more blessings.” 
The next time you are feeling stressed remember these sayings. Don’t let stress ruin your day, focus your thoughts on the good things in your life.  And always remember that you have many blessings in your life.
I enjoy my job and chasing stories for the paper but sometimes it can be stressful at CNB.  The old saying “Laughter is the best medicine” has a great amount of truth to it.  There are some days we forget to laugh at work and let the little things get to us.  Monday the 13th, which I think is worse than a Friday to 13th happened this week.
The graduation section of the paper had to be finished today and Candice was just about to send the last ad to Kim when the lights went out in Jonesville.  Talk about the stress level going through the roof.  I sat in my office which was as dark as the black hole and felt sorry for myself because I have the only office without a window.  
Kim and Candice grabbed their laptops and headed to Tew Lake where lights were on and high-speed internet saved the day.  It didn’t take long until I looked at Catie and told her I thought I could get more accomplished at home where it was bright, and the central air worked.  We will laugh about this Wednesday, but we forgot to laugh today and remember we are too blessed to be stressed.
There are many benefits to laughter.  It helps reduce stress hormones including epinephrine, cortisol, and dopamine.  Believe me when I say there are plenty of hormones in our office with four women.
Laughter increases the flow of highly oxygenated blood to the brain, decreases blood sugar levels and increases your tolerance to pain.  
Reading a funny article about stress is a great way to reap the benefits of laughter.  I’m not saying this column is funny enough to relive stress but maybe it will help give you a new perspective of a stressful situation when you realize you are not the only one that experiences day to day stress.
I can leave you with some funny sayings about stress.  My Momma always told me you can either laugh about it or cry.  Either way the ending will be the same.  Over ninety percent of the things we worry about never happen.  Don’t forget to live and laugh a little.  
Stress spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!
If stress burned calories, I’d be a supermodel.
The Lee family has been stressing me out. Perhaps you know them? Emotional Lee, Mental Lee, Physical Lee, Financial Lee.
There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.
For fast acting relief try slowing down.
Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.
I’m so stressed out about being stressed out that I can’t even remember why I’m stressing out, and it’s stressing me out.
Stress, Ain’t nobody got time for dat!
I don’t always handle my stress well but when I do it’s because I just ate my weight in chocolate.
You know you’re stressed when you start getting on your own nerves.