An Open Letter to Stress

Dear Stress;

We need to talk. Do you realize how annoying you are?

You aren't a friend. You are a foe. You have a tendency to pop up when least expected and you always overstay your welcome.

Haven't you ever heard of the golden rule about phoning before a visit? Maybe I'm too busy for you, or possibly not up to entertaining.

It's rude to just show up and stick around when you really aren't wanted.

How about we make a truce? I'll call you over when I want you to visit. Don't expect a call anytime soon though.

You are irritating and not very kind. I think it's time we end our relationship. No hard feelings. You go your way and I'll go mine.

We could take what we have learned during your visits and go from there. I've picked up a few tricks of the trade on how to deal with you. So, bite me.

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Lessons to learn from stress

  • I've learned that I shouldn't allow you to control me. There are days when you might have the upper hand, but I've learned that I also do.
  • I learned that laughter is beneficial to make you go away, but you don't like that. Oh well.
  • I also learned that a really good workout not only burn calories, but burns you away! You think you are so smart, but you aren't.

I could allow you to torment me or I could brush you away. OK, there are some days when you don't go away as easily. I've considered turning to alcohol, but opted out due to the useless calorie intake. I've considered medications, but opted out due to the fact that I wouldn't remember to take them...due to being stressed. I've considered slapping you upside the head, but that would only hurt me.

  • I've learned different ways to relax to avoid you.
  • I play with my granddaughter and her friends. I listen to them tell me stories and I watch them play. Those precious moments place things into perspective for me. Watching children play and listening to them laugh reminds us of the joy in life.
  • I also learned that going shopping will keep you away. You don't like to shop obviously because you never visit me while I am browsing the aisles.

The word on the street is that crying releases stress. Seriously? Who has time to cry during stressful moments? You are such a nuisance.

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Vow to de-stress

You don't have many fans. That's sad. You are an unwanted visitor to many.

  • Have you considered lightening up a bit and backing off?
  • Have you considered playing in traffic?
  • Taking a long walk off a short pier?
  • Jumping in a lake?
  • How about jumping off a bridge?
  • Or taking a hike among a pack of wolves?

Take your pick or better yet do them all. Those sound like wonderful options that you might want to take into consideration.

You cause many needless health issues. High blood pressure, weight gain, irregular heartbeats, anxiety disorders, facial twitches, premature aging...need I go on?

Did you know that up to 90 percent of visits to the doctor are caused by visits from you? Yep, you are the culprit! How rude! Not only are you making people sick, but you are making doctors richer! Shame on you! Did you know that the majority of people who take anti-depressants aren't depressed, they are stressed! Guess who caused their ailments? One guess...You.

I will give you credit for one thing. Only one. You do remind us that we are still alive and breathing when we need to deal with you. Must you be so brutal though? Bits and spurts every now and then might be OK, but there is no need to go full force ahead.

We need to learn to control you better instead of you controlling us.
We need to learn how to de-stress. We need to train our brains to avoid you.

  • A healthy diet
  • Daily exercise
  • Meditation is always an option
  • Yoga is highly recommended
  • Medication via a medical physician not the neighborhood drug dealer
  • Chewing gum also helps The chewing motion sends a soothing message to the brain.

In other cases alcohol and drugs work. I do not encourage unhealthy lifestyles. In the meantime I will do my best to avoid you because you can be a downer.

I apologize if I was a bit rough with you. Not really! Be gone! Scoot! Move along. Don't watch out for traffic! Bye-bye!

Song to help reduce stress!

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© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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Release your stress here... 64 comments

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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Bookmarking so I can read this whenever IM stressed! I love this letter - get outta here stress, go play in traffic and dont let the door hit ya when you go :) I needed this today Sunshine, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart for reminding me that I have the upper hand here :)


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athena2011 4 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

Voted Funny. I loved your approach to stress in your letter.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

This is absolutely SUPER fantastic.....funny but true...a very healthy way to deal with the enemy. You tell it like it is, Sunshine......your letters are always so much fun to read. I love this one!!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Stress stinks! And I say that with pride!


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

For a change, rather than saying "send it," I'm going to forward this hub to my stress. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

If stress writes back with any helpful tips, please let us know! This is wonderful and very true. Well done!


SUE PR 4 years ago

WHAT MORE CAN I SAY , I AGREE WITH ALL THE COMMMENTS YOU HAVE RECEIVED HERE.. I THINK THIS IS KIND OF FUNNY BIT YET SO TRUE.. STRESS STINKS, AND I LIKE ALL DESERVE TO BE CALLED BEFORE HAND IF IT WANTS TO VISIT.. I TOO WILL BE TOO BUSY FOR IT'S VISIT.. THANKS AND I WILL READ THIS IM SURE MORE THEN ONCE TO REMIND MYSELF WHY IM TOO BUSY ETC.. FOR STRESS. THANKS


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Beth Pipe 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

Nice letter - and well timed. Today I'm reading, researching and writing a Stress Management course, so thank you for an informative and perfectly timed hub. :-)


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brittanytodd 4 years ago from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

This is a great hub for those stressful times! Thank you for sharing. I really enjoyed reading it before work. The head-banging image made me laugh out loud. Great work!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing: an up up and away here without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


lisa.bom 4 years ago

Great article! I love how it is written.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm so happy to hear that this letter has helped so many of you today. I hope it helps you anyday that you might need the extra leverage to push stress away! Be-gone to stress! (Wishful thinking)! Thank you for your comments!:)


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Linda, love how you gave humor to Stress. I like your style, lady :)


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Great piece on a killer. Stress has such a huge impact on health, happiness and life. You are right on the mark, sunshine. We do have a choice in allowing stress to consume us or learning to effectively deal with it. I am looking for ways now to dampen its pervasive effects on me. Next, I'm going to check out your video. Thank you for this very important, thought-provoking read.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Literally love your literate letter, Sunshine. Thanks for the stress avoidance tips.

I have found one of the best ways to deal with it is simply remember that spelled backwards, 'stressed' is 'desserts.' Then I go get me some, and Voila! stress is gone.


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hecate-horus 4 years ago from Rowland Woods

What a great, innovative way to address the topic of stress. Voted up!


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, love this! sounds like you really gave stress a telling off! seriously after the day I had and even more so for my brother, I do believe a lot of his problems come from stress, you mentioned irregular heartbeats, that sounds like a lot of his problems, I will show him this to make him smile and realise that your way is the best way! thanks!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you all for your thoughts and comments! Stress can be overwhelming at times, but if we learn to find some humor in it we could all benefit.


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

This hub is WONDERFUL!! You approach it with humor but have a real conviction for the problems stress causes. I needed to read this today! Once again, you are amazing! :-)

Voted up and across and shared!!


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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Linda...

First...to your acknowledgement...yeah stress can make you feel alive...so can laying on a beach in the sun, however. That's my preference.

I endorse working out, laughing, and self-medication, and good frozen pizza.

Stress SHOULD play in the street!

Thomas


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

@Susan I find humor in just about anything. I'm serious, that's not a laughing matter!:)

@Thomas I agree with the beach but being stressed does remind us that we are alive and kicking! I hope it listens to us and goes to play in traffic. The busier the street the better! :)


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Failing to manage stress will lead to depression. Meditation is very effecting tool to keep your spirits high.


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

Thunbs up man, it was a very fantastic way to explain the outcomes of Stress. Thanks!!!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Stress has been visiting me lately. I showed her your hub and then she couldn't leave fast enough. Thank you. :-)

Voted up up and away!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Very true Vinaya! Meditation is a useful tool to fight off stress.

Hi Iguide, thank you man and you are welcome:)

I sure hope stress left you alons after reading this letter Sue! :))


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Flora, Singing is an excellent way to reduce stress! I set my iPhone to Keith Urban's songs and the stress melts away. Thank you for adding that method to the list!:)


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lovingjzrw 4 years ago from Texas

LOVE THE PIctures! LOL


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Jessica and thank you very much!!! :)


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

This is my favorite hub of yours...brilliant!!! It is a perfect read to lighten up my morning! Thank you!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Wishing you a stress-free day Audra:)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Great hub! Oh that stress, you are right that it reminds us we are alive.. ain't that the truth!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Linda, I had to read this again to destress myself.


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tobey100 4 years ago from Whites Creek, Tennessee

Love it!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Sunshine! LOL!

I am saving this page! Awesome writing... what more can I say!


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TIMETRAVELER2 4 years ago

And one more thing: Don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out LOL!! This was so clever and so full of great advice. Glad I saw it. Keep up the good work.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Christy, Vinaya, Tobey, Rahul and TimeTraveler ... Feel free to stop by whenever you feel the need to reduce stress. I added a new fun video! Thank you for your comments!


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meloncauli 4 years ago from UK

Really enjoyed reading your hub. It seems people now are more stressed than ever before. You are so right about such high numbers visiting their

doctor for a stress related illness too. Doctors are good at asking 'are you stressed' but many wouldn't think to suggest how to de-stress!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Doctors are real quick to pull out their pad and write a script. The easy way out. Thank you for your comment.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent hub again Linda. I bet stress won't find it comfortable visiting you again.

Voted up & awesome.


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xJessxBethx 4 years ago from Nottingham, United Kingdom

This is great, it's lightened up my evening :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Rajan! By all means stop by to de-stress whenever you might feel the need!:)

Hi Jess...I'm glad I was able to make you smile!:)


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

Hey, this is really a good way to present "how to destress". Very funny, but still useful information. Very creative! Voted up.


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schoolgirlforreal 4 years ago from USA

that's really cute! I'm glad your friend recommended this page :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

TripleAMom and Schoolgirlforreal, Your comments are appreciated, I'm glad this letter could help you destress!:)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

I will definitely be rereading this by the time my summer sessions at college start! Thank you for sharing, very comical and very true! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Keith, I'm glad this letter will come in useful for you!! :)


The Misunderstandable 4 years ago

Sometimes people live to make other happy, and they later find that others do not valaorate wht you do, or make you feel that what you do it's not enough to succeed, but we forget that we are important too, and we need to release what makes us sad and depressed, because all of that leads to desperation, and therefore, stress.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Very valid points Misunderstandable. Release it daily! Find a way that benefits you and find the time to practice the stress release method. Mine is exercise. It works great!


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anivardiashvili 4 years ago from Georgia

A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing: an up up and away here without a doubt.

Take care and enjoy your day.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for reading and commenting. Wishing you a stress-free day!:)


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MelChi 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

This is an excellent and well written letter to our little "friend" - stress. Thanks for making me smile, I enjoyed reading it! Voted up, awesome, interesting, useful, beautiful and funny! :)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi MelChi! I'm glad you found this letter to stress entertaining! Thanks for the votes:))


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Jason Marovich 4 years ago from United States

I love it that you play with your granddaughter and her friends to relieve stress. What a positive way to go about life. Thanks for sharing.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

We could all do without a bit less of this in our lives - and your letter and ideas for getting rid of it are great!


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Wonderful writing, illuminating insight. sunshine, this is awesome.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Jason! What better way to destress than to watch and play with kids? OK there are other ways, but it's always an option!:)


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Julie and Docmo for your sharing your wonderful stress-free thoughts!:)


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

wonderful letter... stress should never be allowed to take the best in us


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Rahul, I couldn't agree with you more. Thank you!


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consilia 3 years ago from United Kingdom

Unique approach but very humorous and informative....just wish I had thought of it myself! Well done.....great way to get the message out there!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for your comment consilia!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Just to be sure, I forwarded this Hub to 'stress' via e-mail, Twitter, snail mail, telex, Western Union, pony express, hot-air balloon and posted it on his Face Book wall! Oh, and I also read it aloud, in case he was in the room with me.

Well done...I am constantly stressed, and this was a good reminder to give his "royal hineass" a kick in the slats!

Voted up, funny and useful.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Well done DzyMsLizzy! You should be covered for awhile! :)


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

Awesome hub! very amusing too. when life just blows, fukidol... Lol... voted up funny!

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