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How do you manage stress?

Stress can be a big, big trigger for my asthma, and it can lead me to take less care of myself. That in turn leads to my asthma mis-behaving.

A friend of mine recently suggested some strategies for my DD to help manage her stress from school. DD is juggling high school classes, college classes and the big college hunt, plus everything that asthma, eczema and food allergies can throw at her. 

One of the strategies was a mindfulness app called  that was created by Australian psychologists and educators. Before I suggested it to DD, I felt I needed to try it first. There's a web app you can try so you don't have to download it to your phone to see how it works.

I was a bit skeptical, but it dropped my resting heart rate like a STONE. And for me, sitting still and not thinking is NOT something that comes naturally to me.

I know that some of our members have really overcome stress … what works for you? Does managing stress help your day-to-day asthma? 

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  • Pljohns

    Cynthia-thanks for the info-I'll will have to try it tonight.  to answer your question about how do I handle stress-very simply…..BADLY 

  • LK
    Pljohns posted:

    Cynthia-thanks for the info-I'll will have to try it tonight.  to answer your question about how do I handle stress-very simply…..BADLY 

    Lynn, I am most definitely NOT laughing at you!!  I'm laughing because you took the words right out of my mouth!      (  She types as she is still chuckling!!  )

  • K8sMom2002

    Ladies, it sounds like we could all do with some Mindfulness 101 training! (or maybe for me remedial classes because my brain's always busy chasing rabbits!)

  • Shea

    Lol, yes, I totally get all of that above!!

    I like little breaks to organize my thoughts and to realistically plan my day or days. Otherwise I try to do too much and I just am running all over the place and not happy and then flare up. 

    The first thing I do is just realize when I am holding my body in a tense position and tightness in my back and the feeling of being overwhelmed. Once I slow down enough to notice that, then I say, ok what do I need to do–because this is not OK. Then I will usually go to my room–or any relaxing spot away from things (sonetimes it is a bathroom if I am out). And I will sit there for like 5 minutes, recollect my thoughts and do something nice for myself–like drink water or make coffee– and have my next 5 steps planned out. 

    I am telling you–I used to be a smoker back in the day in college/waitressing-days, and that is when I realized how helpful those 5 minute breaks were. I still need those breaks to just stop, breathe in deeply, relax, and think– but without the smoking of course! 

  • LK

    In all seriousness, I used to be much better at handling stress.  Could keep my cool in all sorts of situations.  Nowadays though, it's a different story.  Just don't seem to have much emotional equilibrium.  Don't know if it's from this thing called asthma or other stresses in life.

    Shea, Your five-minute breaks are a great idea!  Reminds me of when our kids were young.  When we would be outside, I would have all of us purposefully stand quietly for maybe two minutes or so and just listen to the birds, wind, quietness or whatever happened to be around.  Maybe I need to start doing that again myself. 

    I was thinking maybe it was this frigid winter and the up-and-down temperatures that made me just rush whenever I was outside.  Now that it's a bit warmer out, I'll start making a point of pausing to breathe     and enjoy the mercies of God's new day.

  • Amber Says Shine

    Yep, stress is such a major player in our modern, chronic illnesses. I'm a childhood abuse survivor, so my nervous system has been set to high alert since I was a kid. While I have been well aware of that for a long time and I practiced yoga and mindfulness stuff, I still pushed myself way. too. hard. And sitting still was soooo difficult, unless I was exhausted or sick. In my late 30s, it all caught up with me and I had a major asthma flare plus bronchitis. I'm sharing all this to validate what a PROCESS it is to practice stress reduction, especially if there's toxic stress or trauma somewhere in your life. The things I currently practice to decrease stress are: weightlifting, writing and reading poetry, meditating more often than not (guided meditations or just silence), and yoga once a week. I also had to make some lifestyle changes. I was working three jobs when the major flare-up happened! I ended one pretty quickly, but the other took about a year to pull out of (for my private practice, I'd signed a three year lease and was in the final year). It was super difficult at first to have all that free time. But I started reading LOTS of books (for FUN!), cross-stitching, planning time with friends, and other fun stuff! Now I'm so protective of my downtime. Some of the resources I like for mindfulness and meditation are the Headspace app and UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, (they have free guided meditation downloads!)

  • Shea

    Thank you Amber for sharing your story and the information (apps and free downloads for guided meditations). I am sorry you had to go through all that, but I am glad that you seem to have found some great tools and resources and have balance in your life. I would be protective of that too! I will definitely look into the guided mefitations–I feel like I need one now. I already got myself overstressed today. Crowds stress me, and I had to go to Walmart, then my 6 year old was acting up, and I couldnt find my credit card at the checkout and had all this stress. Ugh. Plus it is my womanly time of month so that doesnt help, and I just moved into a new home, new town and am still unboxing so my threshold is lower. But I am back home and winding down now (I may need more than my typical 5 minutes).

  • Kathy P

    For me, it's prioritizing and being ok with what doesn't get done. That can be a real a struggle! But it's important to realize I just can't do everything. And making myself a priority is hard too – I tend to be a people pleaser. Prioritizing myself and my own needs can feel "selfish" but as I get older, it's getting easier to see what's important. 

    I like Qigong meditation and need to make more time for it. I find being still a challenge, dodo a lot of moving meditation. 

  • Pljohns

    Kathy-good for you being about to be OK when things don’t get done-I wish I could be that way, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I have been known to jump out of bed at 10PM to do something I forgot to do.   I just can’t seem to get there with not being able to do everything and letting some of it go.  I guess I’m that way because I know if I don’t do it, it won’t get done.  DH is perfectly letting the clothes in the clothes basket get so high they spill over to the table and would rather get what dish he needs out of the dishwasher than put dishes away.  Sometimes I really wish I could let things go but I just haven’t gotten there yet.

  • Shea

    I do want to dedicate more time to enjoying myself. Today I bought a CD at Walmart so Id have music to listen to (without a billion annoying commercials) while putting up pictures. It was tiring work. And I only had my 6 year olds help. But we did it. We make an OK team. And the music totally helped: Robert Plant, Carry Fire. 

    It is tough for me to relax because–the boxes are there and need unpacking! And next week is going to be busy with virtual school stuff.

    I tired myself out too much today to go out–I was going to go to this restaurant that is having a family-friendly St Paddys Day event but I just cannot. Tommy doesnt mind, he prefers to stay home and play. I made some Irish soup for dinner that I am about to dig into. And I have mint chocolate chip ice cream for some green milkshakes for dessert!

    The moral of my story is, I definitely have a hard time not doing too much too. But taking those mini breaks and adding music surely helped some.

  • Kathy P

    Glad you got some things accomplished and stayed within your limits. What frustrates me is those limits change day to day and sometimes hour to hour.

  • LK

    Totally agree with you on that, Kathy.

    Kathy P posted:
    Glad you got some things accomplished and stayed within your limits. What frustrates me is those limits change day to day and sometimes hour to hour.

      I think that is one of the things that bothers me the most with asthma;  how it is never the same. 

  • Shea

    Yes, Kathy and Lisa, I totally agree. It is sooooo "play it by ear", and so hard to make any commitments in advance. Just doing activities of daily living can be exhausting. I have to take constant breaks and some days–I just have to stay home and rest and do nothing. Right niw, I am staying up late just to have some relax time where I am not running myself ragged or being run around by Tommy. He has been particularly needy and I have been particularly tired and busy, and our routine thrown by the move. And I need just quiet time for myself–so I am taking that time out of sleep time. Oh well. 

  • LK

    Shea,  Right there with you on daily living can be exhausting and the just staying home some days to rest.   

    Isn't it strange how the only way we have time for ourselves sometimes is to take something else away from ourselves?  In this instance, it's our sleep time.  That's what happens when we are good caregivers, I guess!  Your son is blessed to have a mother like you! 

    Moves are good yet so tiring.  It's all the preparation leading up to the move, then the move itself and then all the unpacking.  You've handled all the phases so well!!   

  • Shea

    Thank you! I am just glad that I took time to plan a little based on my asthma/allergies–that is somethingvthat years ago I wouldnt have done, but that really helped me and kept my stress level in check (because even th THOUGHT of being stuck around a bunch of dust or in clutter and chaos is stressful–so doing what I could each day before, during, and after to make move time easier but not overwhelming myself in the process was surely an art and a dance, and made a world of difference.

    Today I am driving over to my parents house so I will HAVE to take a break! 

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi everyone, K8SMOM2002, KathyP,

    How did I handle my stress yesterday afternoon??  Not very well!!.  I went to a new beautician a friend told me about.  Never gave a thought about running into people from my former employer (the one with the dogs)/company.  Who do I run into??  The former CFO who gave me alot of grief.  Denied me unemployment, lied about my job responsibilities to EEOC and Uemployment!!  OMG…as my friends would say…Didn't allow her to treat me like an old friend that's for sure.  She said to me oh you look great!!…My response….Yes now that I'm no longer around dogs!!!  After a few minutes she got out of there really fast. Gee I wonder why..

    This is why this opportunity is important.  Noone should have to go through all that I did. It didn't have to go down that way. What really gets to me is the Personnel Director has asthma herself. How do you do that to someone and not make it right.  How do you have a meeting in a room where you know the dogs have been and not inform the person with Allergic Asthma to animals.  Been a rough weekend for me trying not to get completely bent out of shape about seeing her. My boyfirend asked me if I wanted to deck her one.  I told YES!  but they aren't worth ending up in jail or hurting myself more than what I am.  But oh boy I sure would have felt better!!!

  • Kathy P

    Hugs Marie! I'm sorry you had to run into her and have all that brought back to the surface. You handled it well keeping calm and not showing her how much it hurts.

  • Pljohns

    Marie-So sorry you had to deal with that.  I had a similar situation with a boss that had asthma and you would think they would understand-nope-she treated me like dirt-had me doing landscaping in Alabama July weather-and I was a manger!  She refused to allow me to take care of myself and kept me under so much stress I finally had it-landed in the hospital for a week, 30 days of medical leave and I resigned.  It was awful. You handled it very well-I had a similar experience with my old boss-months after I left, saw her at an open house and boys did she squirm!  Karma will get you though-her head is on the chopping block for doing such a lousy job at work.

  • K8sMom2002

    Marie, hugs on the stress of seeing someone you didn't want to see when you were trying to do something nice for yourself. I hope you were able to have a good visit with the beautician!

    Lisa, I think as life's challenges come along, we have to figure out how to shift the balance so that we can manage things. I know I've felt totally overwhelmed before when managing DD's food allergies so well only to come up with a new transition. I guess it's like that with all of life — we think we've got something, and then life throws another curve ball at us.

    But the older I get, the more evidence I see that things will turn out okay — or that I will be okay with however things turn out. I don't like the uncertainty, I don't like the loss of control, but I have to just hang tight. And I have to remind myself: we will be okay. We have survived before. All of life's problems have given us the tools and the education to tackle whatever lies ahead.

    Amber, I love the way you've been so intentional in your life. I see that as well in folks like Shea and Lynn, ladies who've had to make huge changes in order to become healthier. 

    I did give the mindfullness app another go, and I was astonished at the results. I checked my heart rate before using the app — 84. Five minutes later, and I was down to 75. That's amazing! 

  • LK

    Marie,  You handled the encounter at the beauty salon with aplomb!  Good for you for keeping your cool!! 

  • LK

    Don't think I've mentioned yet that the company DH works for is doing layoffs.  Again.  Seems like these big companies do these almost every year.  The company hasn't even set a date when everyone affected will all be notified.  Just the company line of they are trying to make the company more profitable. 

    I completely understand that a business has to make a profit to survive, but it would be nice to at least have a cutoff date where the employees know that by then they will know if they have a job or not. 

    We know we can survive because DH was 'downsized' out of a job with this same company about nine years ago.  He was able to get contract work doing basically the same job at the same company – just no benefits – until he was able to get hired back on about a year or so later.  At a lower pay grade of course. 

    That was when I got certified to teach therapeutic horseback riding.  I had been volunteering for years and just had to go through a certification testing.  Gave that up when my, at that time, newly diagnosed asthma flared up.

    DH's department boss had a department meeting last Friday and we were hoping he could give a cutoff date, but he didn't. 

    We'll be fine whatever happens.  We both know the Good Lord is in control of all aspects of our lives, but the uncertainty is still there as a slight undercurrent, especially for DH. 

  • Pljohns

    Oh Lisa!  I'm so sorry!  One of our patients had a conference call with her company Friday only to find out that she had been laid off.  She was devastated.  I sure do hope your DH isn't one to get downsized.  Will keep you in our prayers

  • LK

    Thank you, Lynn!!  DH said one of the workers he knows was called at 6 am one morning and told just to not come in.  Wow!! How not to handle layoffs!!!  They used to at least call the person in to his boss's office and tell him in person. 

  • LK

    I admit I am dreading it if it happens to DH.  Last time it shook his world. 

  • Pljohns

    I worked for a company once that went to a operating room waiting area and fired a girl there while her Mother was having surgery!  Talk about cold hearted-

  • K8sMom2002

    Lisa, saying big, big prayers!

    I think the most stressful part of being laid off for me due to budget cuts back in 2016 was fear of having no insurance. We were okay, and I landed a job with insurance fairly quickly, but that scary feeling of nothing solid under my feet was super stressful.

    Hoping you guys get some good news soon!

  • CAPuttPutt

    How do I handle stress? Well, a lot differently than I used to. Let me start with a short background…

    I am a Type A personality. I want to do everything "the best ever", or 150%. Doesn't matter what it is, I want it to be amazing. Folding laundry, cleaning house, writing my resume, doing my college homework, cooking supper, couponing, etc. Seems like that would be a great thing, and at times it is, but it can catch up with you. 

    Back when I was in my 20's, I would push through and do everything that needed to be done, no matter what, even if that meant sacrificing sleep, food, whatever. I was a single parent who worked full time, went to school full time at night (till 9:45pm), and commuted 2 hours daily, and did the baseball practice thing for my son. How I kept going, I'll never know.

    I have an incurable nerve disorder which causes my CNS and ANS (the two nervous systems in our bodies) to work against each other. This causes extreme pain, fatigue, muscle pain, weakness, and much, much more. After I was diagnosed, my specialist told me I'd better learn to manage my stress or I'd end up on a morphine drip in the hospital in severe pain. So…….I've had to MAKE myself learn that it's ok if everything doesn't get done when I think it should, to learn to deal with the unexpected pain and migraines that can derail my plans, and to not stress the small things. I've learned to ask myself (in regards to big things), in five years, will it really still matter? Is it worth the stress or argument?

    So to answer the question, I've simply learned to manage my stress. I don't sweat the small things anymore. It's not worth it to my health.

  • LK

    A big Thank You to everyone for the thoughts and prayers about DH's work.  He just let me know that his manager spoke with him and he still has a job!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Caputtputt, love your questions and how that helps you focus your priorities! It sounds like you've come a long, long way!

    And Lisa, that is TERRIFIC! Phew! So glad to hear your DH still has a job!

  • Marie E Natzke

    Hi everyone! Thanks for the support. Yes Karma is a b@#%h.  I'm sorry to hear what all of you have gone through at work as well. Yes we live in a free country, but what people are forgetting is that your rights end where someone else's begin. You have a right to earn a living in a safe environment. You have a right to expect that from your employeer. Having accommodations for our asthma doesn't cost millions of dollars. Sometimes it doesn't cost them a dime. Sometimes it's just good old fashioned common sense.  

  • Marie E Natzke

    Caputtputt, what were your symptoms and how were you diagnosed with the nerve disorder? If you don't mind my asking. 

  • Shea

    Marie, I totally agree that if employers would just respond properly to REAL studies and information on asthma, allergies, and indoor air quality, and stop treating people with asthma like they dont have the right to breathe– then we would have a healthier country to say the least. 

    I worked at an alternative treatment center that focused on WELLNESS and mind-body-spirit connections– a small place that made you feel like family by buying you presents for a baby shower– and MAN they overworked people and were sneaky trying to get people out without costing them anything, and trying to get out of giving people unemployment benefits, and a bunch of users in the end. After my heart attack from Churg-Strauss Syndrome I couldnt come back full time a week after I got out of the hospital and got fired. It was annoying. I fought and got unemployment, and later disability because my allergic disease is so severe it affects all my organs–but insensitivity for former employers that you sacrifice SO much for and work so HARD at– made me never want to work again. I am glad I dont have to go into THIS market. But… Hearing stories from others who have found better employers after having bad experiences is helping me feel better about a hope for the future where I am off of prednisone and healthy and working in a job I love that treats me well and gives benefits. It is a distant star, and I dont think of it a lot because it seems so far-fetched. The animal dander-issue (my main trigger) is sooo huge and unprotected that I really dont see going back to work as an option for me any time soon. 

    Catputtputt, I feel for you on the relearning to do things so that they do not cause so much syress, and trying to prioritize and put things in a correct perpective– sounds like you had a real eye-awakener having to deal with those diseases. I feel like something similar happened to me. I still find myself falling into old patterns, but the more times I catch myself snd correct myself, the easier it has been getting to pace myself and balance my days better. 

  • CAPuttPutt

    @Marie E Natzke

    I don't mind you asking at all. Many people don't believe that nerve disorders are "real", but they are.There's no test that will come back positive to diagnose you, so a lot of times people think "it's all in your head".

    My symptoms weren't diagnosed for years. I began having noticeable issues in the 7th grade, which was around 1997. I wasn't officially diagnosed until 2010 and 2011.

    It's not normal for someone to hurt so badly every day, to feel like they have the flu (widespread hurting, aching all over your body, feeling like you've fallen down a flight of stairs), and to always be tired, but not be able to rest well at night, especially when they're only in middle school. At times it was a struggle to wash my hair without my arms giving out. As time went on, the symptoms got worse and I also began having severe migraines that the drs couldn't break….I would end up in the hospital for a week getting demerol shots every 8 hours, just trying to break the headache. Simple things like your brother thumping you, or squeezing you when giving a hug, would hurt really badly….more so than normal.

    I really lucked up and my former boss (a trust fund baby who had connections) saw just how bad a shape I was in (I would take my lunch hour and sleep under my desk at work, or take my lunch to go get toradol shots for pain). He called a dr friend of his, and the dr called a specialist that he knew and got me into see the specialist who was about 4 hours away, but I didn't care. He officially diagnosed me and it took about a year or more before we got everything leveled out, where I could lead a very productive life. Today, he'll tell you I'm one of his most functional & productive patients. I see him about 4 times a year, sometimes more if my symptoms flare up (stress is a big trigger). I ended up moving closer to my specialists office when I remarried and now I'm about 45 minutes away.

    I will say that I also had un-diagnosed food allergies (gluten and dairy) as well that were exacerbating the issues, and my vitamin D levels were really, really low.

  • Pljohns

    CAPUTTPUTT-sounds like you have come a long way and you should be proud of how well you are doing and the changes you have made for a better quality of life.  It's so hard to make changes (I'm the worst at it) but sometimes, it just forces you to make them anyway. 

    After being hospitalized 4 times in less than 6 months because of severe asthma exacerbation's and then 30 days of medical leave, it was like the slap in the face I needed-time to make some lifestyle changes and the super heavy stress of my job needed to go away.  I had a terrible boss who was determined to get rid of me and demanded me to do things that were awful-like landscaping in July in Alabama (100+ degree temps) and I was a manager-not a landscaper-but she told me to GET IT DONE so I had no choice.  Anyway, I made the decision that it was time to change jobs. 

    Thankfully I found a job with a wonderful Christian company that actually cares about us.  It's a small company and I was a floater for 8 months until my clinic opened.  Now, I have a wonderful boss that went through the clinic and threw out EVERYTHING with a scent to it, made me feel comfortable enough about my asthma that I will do a neb in the middle of the clinic and have been wearing a mask for almost 3 months to avoid the flu.  There are good employers out there, they are just hard to find and after a bad experience, you are gun shy.  

    Anyway, all of that to say, change is so hard when you've been bitten hard but you have done a wonderful job.  You and @Shea are amazing in what you have been able to accomplish and what a super life you have made.

  • K8sMom2002

    Caputtputt, very gentle hugs … BTDT, and I totally understand what you're saying.

    It's really, really difficult to understand unless you've gone to bed feeling good and woken up feeling, "Omigosh, did I get run over by an 18-wheeler? Did someone beat me during the night?" 

    And stress is such a trigger for so many things! 

    I agree with Lynn — you and Shea and Amber are very inspirational in the way that you have managed stress. I can definitely learn a lot from the three of you!

  • Marie E Natzke

    Caputtputt, thanks for sharing.  My Doctor feels I have psoriatic arthritis and I have spine issues as well. What I thought was nerve pain is really the arthritis affecting the tendons.  Having asthma as well doesn't help with some of the pain from coughing like we can. 

    Hope everyone had a good day.  I see the ENT again tomorrow keep you posted on what he tells me.

  • K8sMom2002

    Marie, hugs on managing multiple chronic conditions. I am hoping things are better for you. 

    A friend of mine suggested a good stress reliever for when you have a lot on your mind but you're not ready to directly communicate it to a person. Write a letter telling exactly how you felt, every last detail, and include what that person could have done to make things better. Then read it over again as many times as you need to — then rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash. 

    She says that for her, just getting it down on paper helps her mind process the hurt and the pain and the frustration, and it also makes her think things through. Sometimes it can even suggest a solution to her. She says it's helped her bunches of times. 

    I know I've done it myself … got so mad with someone that I wrote a letter, but then didn't think it was the right time to send it. So I tucked it away only to realize, "Wow. I feel better not even sending it!" To make sure it didn't see the light of day, I tossed it. So maybe she's onto something?

  • LK

    Cynthia,  Good idea about writing a letter to help process hurt feelings! 

    A kind of, yet no so, funny story from when I wrote a daily diary of and for our toddler son.  Each evening I would write down what he had done that day that was memorable or new.  When they are so little it's easy to get caught up in the busyness and forget all the milestones, so I took to jotting down a few things each day.  Wanted to keep it for him when he grew up.  Kept doing it until he was about 2 years old.

    So, one time MIL, SIL and her toddler come stay with us for a few days.  MIL's nose got all bent out of joint because she thought I had said something to DS about him being bored when we were out to lunch with them.  DH was at work.  When I went and apologized if I had done anything to insult her, she wouldn't even look me in the eye.  The three of them left that day. 

    My mistake was to write down the incident from my point of view in our son's journal.  Didn't meant to write much but once I got started, well, it took up several pages.  I ended up actually tearing out those pages because I didn't want DS to have to read about that incident when he was older.  Didn't write anything awful, just about how immature MIL and SIL acted.  Not something you want to be remembered for! 

    Moral of this story – As you said "then rip it to shreds and toss it in the trash."  Always tear up your writings!! 

  • Megan Roberts

    That's so cool that you kept a diary of your son's early years. So much to share with him later on that would otherwise surely be forgotten. Also, excellent call on tearing those pages out!

    I have also used the angry draft of letter method to process my hurt feelings. For me it starts out with every intention to send — but I make myself wait at least a day. If it still seems reasonable after 24 hours, then I would send. But, it almost never seems like a good idea after my waiting period. LOL. It is great therapy though!

    I have also started taking 5 min meditation breaks when I become really overwhelmed. Exercise has been my way of de-stressing for many years but I can't always rely on it: my body doesn't always cooperate due to asthma or other factors, I don't always have the time. So I started setting a timer on my phone and just taking a non-smoke break (like Shea!) to breathe deeply, relax, and let my thoughts go. 

    A bunch of my friends have recommended meditation apps — I'm going to try out Headspace. 

  • HufflinPuff

    I like doing yoga. I got a Fire Stick last year for Mother’s Day and I downloaded the YouTube app on it, and I recently found Yoga with Adriene. I love watching and following along with her stuff, it really helps me calm myself. 

    I am also a sucker for Pinterest. If I’m panicky (besides asthma, I have a health anxiety disorder), I go on Pinterest and look at everything. I always find funny stuff and also things for anxiety help. It’s just wonderful for me!

  • Megan Roberts

    Welcome @HufflinPuff! Youtube yoga is a great de-stressing idea! I'm going to check out Yoga with Adriene on it. I like how a few of her episodes are targeting specific areas of pain (hips, lower back, etc). Thanks and glad you have multiple methods to help you relax.

  • HufflinPuff

    Aw you’re welcome! The nice thing is that she talks with you throughout the whole video so even if you’re by yourself, it doesn’t really feel like it. I was telling my husband the other day that it almost feels like I have a friend with me when I watch her videos because she’s always talking to you and she makes it a point to reassure you that you don’t have to do the poses  picture perfect. I feel like her stuff has been more effective at helping not only my anxiety, but also my overall health because I have a connection, it feels like.

  • K8sMom2002

    Ooh, Hufflinpuff, that's great! I don't have a firestick, but I'm wondering if she's on youtube … I'll have to look. My television can connect to youtube. 

    I like Pinterest, too … I can completely lose myself looking at all manner of stuff on there, and it's a great place to find inspiration for those "one of those days" projects! 

    My favorite Pinterest category would have to be upcycling … I love how people can take what looks like junk and make something cool out of it. 

  • HufflinPuff

    She is on YouTube! I started by watching her on my iPad but then found out I could go on there through the Fire Stick. It’s been a lot better for me. In all honesty, I think after finding her videos, I would have probably bought a Fire Stick just for them!! Lol

    I wish that I had the talent for upcycling! I am not creative like that at all!

  • Pljohns

    I REALLY wish yoga worked for me.  We have a free yoga class here at work every Tuesday.  I tried it multiple times and come out more stressed out over moves than before I went in!  I am not very girlie girl-been a tomboy too long-and never did anything like ballet or dance so the moves are totally foreign to me.  Now, give me a punching bag to do kick boxing on and that's more my speed (but not my lung's speed )

  • HufflinPuff

    I am definitely hoping that doing some yoga will help me with the anxiety I'm having today. I just started a new maintenance inhaler and I don't think it's quite built up enough in my body to really work yet, and I'm freaking myself out about it.