Don’t Forget To Breathe – Hyland’s 5-Day Stress Challenge and #Giveaway!

Seriously, I’m stressed out enough as it is. Why is it that when you are stressed out, the smallest additional stresses double the stress load? It doesn’t seem fair. It should increase accordingly, not exponentially.

When I get stressed, everyone in my family suffers. I snap back, I get moody, I get aggravated, I get irritated, and ultimately I don’t sleep well. I also feel like my aches and pains intensify. I don’t think that actually happens, but I do believe that because my senses become so acute when I’m stressed, I notice them more.

Lately, it’s been a combination of things that have stressed me out. The first of which is the upcoming wedding of my step-daughter and her fiance. Trying to finagle the logistics of traveling to another state within the first month of the school year, getting my daughters’ bridesmaids dresses and assuring them that they just have to be “girlie” for a few hours, dealing with the husband’s obvious reaction to having his second daughter married, let alone her being old enough to be married, which in turn makes him realize his own age…which stresses him out…and in turn…you guessed it…stresses me out.



I’ve also committed to run my second marathon this year. And that is scheduled to happen the week after the wedding. Of course, I’ll be tapering anyway, so that isn’t the concern. The concern is that I’m healed well enough to even attempt it.

And these are just the long term stresses. There are still the day to day ones, like waking up on time to get my daughters off to school, getting my workout done, tackling my work and chores for the day, planning and preparing a meal for dinner, etc. I’m not sure how we do it. And as working moms, how we get it all done without going completely ballistic.

But I do know there are some things that I can do to help me make it though those 24 hours so that I can make it through the next 24 hours. One of which is to breathe.


Sounds obvious, right? But it isn’t always obvious. I forget to breathe. Even my physical therapist has pointed it out to me. “Why is it so hard for you to breathe?”

I’ve always been one of those people who holds their breath when they get stressed. This leads to a host of problems, not to mention passing out…HA HA! (I can actually remember it happening a few times in my past). But, for the most part, I have noticed that suddenly I’m expelling out a giant breath of air several times throughout the day! So breathing…yeah, that is a biggie on my list.

Breathing keeps you alive. But it also keeps you from reacting to situations too fast.

“Mom! I need this jacket washed in time for practice this afternoon!” (Breathe, Theresa.)

“Honey, I forgot to tell you that this bill needed to be paid yesterday.” (Breathe, Theresa.)

“I left my band instrument in the car. Can you bring it up to the school within the next 5 minutes?” (Breathe, Theresa.)

“Someone just tracked cow poopie into the house…”  (Breathe, Theresa…but not too deep.)

Yeah. The day to day stuff…heaven help me.


Sometimes all it takes is just a few hours to myself. When the kids are at school, and my husband is off running errands or at an appointment (we both work from home) or if I am out running, I find that utopia where I can shed a few pounds of stress.

As for the increased aches and pains? I found the relief for that, too! Hyland’s Muscle Therapy gel with Arnica. Where has this been all my life? At night, when I just can’t relax in bed because something is nagging at me, I just slather on some of this miracle gel and life gets instantly better. It calms any soreness, relieves stiffness, and reduces swelling so I can get the sleep I need to tackle the next day’s struggles. I also love how I feel after using it on long run days. It really does keep me from getting sore and stiff the following day. This is one of those must have items. Keep a tube in your car, your purse, and on your nightstand. It has so many uses. And it comes in handy any time of the day.


So, do you relate to any of this? What stresses you out? And how do you deal with it?

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18 Responses to Don’t Forget To Breathe – Hyland’s 5-Day Stress Challenge and #Giveaway!

  1. Tara Ann says:

    That is so me.. i hold my breath and i don’t even realize i’m doing it.. i constantly have to be aware of it, especially when i’m driving, my diaphragm is literally in my throat and i don’t know why. Heck as i stand at my counter typing this I’m noticing i stopped breathing AND that my diaphragm is in my throat lol. Forget it when i’m stressed, i literally feel like i’m gonna pop/explode/implode you name it, just get a raincoat cause it can get ugly lol! Thanks for the awesome read!

  2. Chronic pain stresses me out. I’m tired of being tired!

  3. Arena Thompson says:

    I get stressed handling the day to day life of my kids when my Chron’s flares up… it’s hard to stay focused when you don’t feel great, and then in turn the stress makes the chron’s worse. It’s a vicious cycle.

  4. Maureen Polson says:

    This is some me and has been for the past few months. I have been stressed out due to my husband’s unemployment so it has been crazy. Definitely have to make it my mantra to Just Breathe. Also, just trying to remember that there are just things in life I cannot control.

  5. I’ve used (and love) their leg cramp pill – I’m sure I’ll love it!

  6. Amanda Thorderson says:

    I manage my stress pretty well, but don’t manage my health as well! Relaxation, meditation, walking in the outdoors all bring relief to stress.

  7. liz l says:

    I am stressed at work, and even running now. Dang PR attempts. lol

  8. Not enough time to get everything done stresses me out.

  9. Emily Smith says:

    I love my kids to death, but they are so all over the place they can drive me nuts! They can get along like siblings on a Disney show and then the next minute they are fighting. I don’t sleep well at night (3-5 hours), so I’m always tired, which definitely does not help! I deal with it the best I can, I love my boys with all my heart and would do anything for them. I have family close by to help out when I need it and my husband is an AMAZING husband and father. He gives me breaks when I need them, and even when I don’t know I do. 🙂

  10. Anne Mueller says:

    I get stressed at work by too much to do and not enough time to do it. I tackle one thing at a time and that helps.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I get stressed out a lot. From work,to just everyday life stuff. A huge thing that helps me is working out and taking my stress out on that activity ie. running.

  12. Timothy Estrada says:

    Injuries stress me out. I hate have parts of my being that hurt. I usually soak, roll, & stretch.

  13. Dani says:

    I manage stress pretty well. My biggest stresser is usually time! I find myself running around trying to squeeze as much into a day as possible. The best cure for this is to stop, breathe, and realize I can’t do it all! 🙂

  14. Harry Bowers says:

    I tend to not handle stress very well and it often causes health issues for me which leads to a unproductive day and sometimes a unproductive week.

  15. Amy Good says:

    Oh my goodness! You are totally speaking my languauge. I just finished an 18 mile run on Sunday. I was hoping that somehow the stress in my shoulders wasn’t an issue. But…as I sit at my desk to work I know that it is. And, the snapping thing? YUP…guilty. I love the reminder to just breathe.

  16. Julie P. says:

    My husband’s job is stressing me out because it’s stressing him out! I am working very hard to balance supporting him while remembering to take care of myself. For example, I made a quick run date with my running group this morning but I cut it short so that I could be home in time to help him prep for a big meeting. Win-win

  17. Tif Calder says:

    Money stresses me out. But not in the normal “we don’t have enough” way. More like just having to even think about it, at all. Because I always feel like no matter how positive my husbands manner is in going over the budget underneath he’s going “geeze, lady. Get a grip on your spending.” Even though he isn’t. Just an issue of mine. Time management stresses me out. And meal planning. Not just the paper-planning but the actual part of making sure we’ve got on hand everything we need for 3 meals a day for each person, as well as snacks. And then packing lunches every single day and making dinner. I’d be happy if we drank smoothies 3 meals a day every day!

    I deal with almost all of this through my exercise, especially running. I discovered the stress-reducing properties of running about 18 months ago have never looked back! Recently I’ve been adding in more yoga, shooting for every morning alongside my husband, and that is helping manage my stress in a healthy way, too.

  18. Laurie says:

    Work causes most of my stress and I find that taking time to take a few deep slow breaths gets me through it

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