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    What’s Stress Got to Do with It?

    Pamela sat alone downstairs in the darkened house, in an even darker mood. Her husband and kids were already upstairs, asleep in bed. It was going to be several hours before Pamela had the same luxury. Somehow, sensing her mood, the rest of the family sort of evaporated upstairs earlier in the evening, without so much as a “good night.” Of course, Pamela had several times during the course of the evening complained about how much work she had left to do. No one in her family operated under the illusion it was going to be a “good night” for Pamela.

    Frankly, she was exhausted, having been out already three times this week with evening functions. It was Thursday and she absolutely, positively had to get this presentation put together for work on Friday. Time had just flat run out; unfortunately, so had her energy. Pamela sat at her desk, exhausted, unmotivated, and furious that the world got to rest when she couldn’t.

    Her husband kept telling her to “let some things go,” as if she could. The work she did with the parent group at school was very important to her, as well as the things she did at church, but th0se things kept getting crowded out by all the other demands.

    Women today are under stress. Stress is defined as when a force presses on, pulls on, pushes against, compresses, or twists something else. Many women can completely relate. It seems like life itself is pressing in on them, pulling them one way, pushing against them another, compressing them and twisting their life upside down. Frankly, they feel squished.

    Tomorrow: The Pressure to Perform.

    SOURCE: Chapter 5: “What’s Stress Got to Do with It?” in Every Woman’s Guide to Managing Your Anger by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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