Maxed Out Stress Update

Stress relief comes in many forms – and one of my favourite of all is finding a solution to what ails WordPress when it decides to do whacky stuff with my blog!  I just wanted to share what I’ve discovered in case it helps anyone else reduce their computer stress. 

A few posts ago I blogged that I’d updated my WordPress to the then latest version (already outdated I note!) but that for some reason one of my posts had become “sticky” at the top of the blog.  Well…

… for some reason (and who knows why?) my blog settings have changed so that only the posts entered in the “Blog” category appear on the front page!  If posts are listed anywhere else and NOT in “blog”, they are added to the blog content but are NOT listed on the front page.  (Helpful of my blog to do that!)  

Now all I need to do is figure out what settings I need to change to switch it back!  Until then, I guess everything will just be filed under “Blog” as well as the proper category!

Sorry for not posting “live” much recently BTW – 7 weeks summer holidays between pre-school and my little men starting school proper in two weeks (SO grown up!) means that I have had the world’s MOST creatively mischievious and hyper-active twins.  I’m absolutely worn out! – buying bikes tomorrow for them so that hopefully should keep them out of trouble…!  Will let you know!

Do Stress Management Programs Work?

Stress does not respect age, gender, wealth, ethnicity, ability, IQ, EG, the great, the good or anything else for that matter!  Everyone I know suffers stress at some point in their lives.  Absolutely everyone.  And as far as I can make out, they only differ from each other in two respects: the extent to which they suffer and what they choose to do about it. 

But if you consider this more closely, even these two differences are actually only one difference.  Think about it.  If you suffer a lot with stress, maybe because you perceive everything you are up against to be stressful, and yet you do nothing to actively reduce it then you will remain in a highly stressed out state.  

Conversely, if you are highly stressed and you do consider it to be important enough to do something about, you will follow stress management program successfully and become less stressed.

I suppose naysayers will say something like – “just change your perception of stress”.  Deciding to be less stressed is definitely a way forward.  But have you honestly ever changed your belief system at a time of high stress?  Me either. 

Changing your belief system is not an easy process.  It takes time and energy.  And whilst you are feeling the pressure, if you perceive different situations to be stressful, you will struggle to change your perceptions. 

So actually the only difference between people who suffer continual high stress and those who come through it is the latter group’s decision to take action to reduce their stress.

And that is the million dollar answer to the question I posted at the top.  Stress management programs DO work.  But YOU have to work them.

If you’ve got any personal experiences or success stories, feel free to add them below.