Journey with Friends

04 Apr

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!

Hello my friends – welcome to another week of Journey with Friends.  This past week was S.T.R.E.S.S.F.U.L!  Does that tell you anything?  LOL.  It all started with mom’s work – the computers went down Monday – what a way to start the week huh?  Have you ever realized how much we rely on computers in the work place?  The computers were down all.week.long.  And get this – they are still down.  There is only so much filing and paperwork that you can work on until you have to have the computer.  I mean we have turned into a society based around the machine.

I also went to the plasma clinic last week a couple of times.  The first time I was turned away because my iron levels were too low.  The second time I was fine.  I have noticed that with the added stress of work, my pulse rate has slowly began going back up again.  Do you have any suggestions to help me with the stress?  I know it’s easy to say, “Don’t let it get to you.”  But really, you know our bodies do what they want to do.

So my friends here we are with the start of a new week – how was your week?  I was up a couple of pounds but I’m okay – I blame it on the stress.  What do you think?  And I don’t weigh at home anymore.  Going to the plasma clinic, I have to weigh there twice a week so I stay on top of these things.

Here’s to a great week my friends!


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27 responses to “Journey with Friends

  1. easyweimaraner

    04/04/2016 at 12:38 pm

    If I’m totally under pressure and stress I try to distract my mind… with the silliest things, like planning a new bathroom or an outfit or I imagine I had to do an interview with a celebrity and ponder about questions I would ask… something what has nothing to do with the situation what gives me headaches…. I hope the computer problems are fixed soon, the worst is when they are fixed then the hard work begins… so power to you and a big hug…

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 12:41 pm

      aaww thanks my friend. I really appreciate that. I’ve tried self hypnosis – LOL. The problem is that I get started and then my mind starts wondering about things that need to get done and there goes the relaxation part out the window. Hilarious huh? My mind needs to shut down. I think I’ll ponder what questions to ask Johnny Depp in an interview…. I’m sorry what were we talking about…. LOL!

      • easyweimaraner

        04/05/2016 at 1:58 am

        yes, that’s a good idea :o) or you can ponder about the name of a song or an artist… I needed 2 hours to find out that cat stevens was the one with that morning has broken while I was in that louse-pital :o)

      • Piglove

        04/05/2016 at 10:09 am

        Snorts with piggy laughter. My mom has done that! It’s hilarious how much your mom and my mom think alike. Eerie huh? XOXO – Bacon

      • easyweimaraner

        04/05/2016 at 10:21 am

        hahahah yes… probably caused by the weird things what were in that aquanet lol

  2. franhunne4u

    04/04/2016 at 12:38 pm

    A purring cat is a good stress relief – just to think about a sleeping one calms you.

    Cats Make Us Healthier

    We are learning about increasing ways cats can improve our health and well-being. For example, do you know just 15 to 30 minutes of quality time with a cat can calm your nerves and boost your mood? There’s even chemical evidence. When you spend time with a cat, your production of serotonin, a chemical that boosts feelings of well-being, goes up, and your cortisol levels go down. Cortisol, along with high blood pressure, is a result of stress, and can lead to high cholesterol and hypertension. This means that spending time with a cat can keep you healthier in the long run. Luckily, boosting your mood and lowering your stress levels can be as simple as interacting with a cat.
    Did You Know?

    A 20-year study found that people who owned a cat were 40% less likely to die from a heart attack.
    (Purina site – cat food supplier!)
    But for those who own a cat, there may be some relief waiting at home each evening. Here are five ways in which having a cat help with stress:

    · Cats are undemanding. Contrary to popular myths and jokes about cats, they love you and give you their company without demanding very much in return. When you’ve got a demanding job with a demanding boss, you may often feel like everybody wants something from you while nobody’s willing to give you anything in return. Cats can relieve this feeling by giving you their love and companionship unconditionally.

    · Cats can relieve loneliness. Truthfully, any pet can relieve loneliness just by being there, but dogs and cats, because of their affectionate natures, are better at showing that they love you no matter what. After an especially bad day at work, coming home to a loving cat that twines itself around your ankles can make you feel less isolated and alone. You can even vent at your cat—being careful not to raise your voice—and they’ll listen to every word without pointing out everything you’re wrong about, or telling you to “just deal with it.”

    · Cats can make you laugh. How often has your cat leaped at absolutely nothing, made weird little chirping sounds while looking out the window, or done something else that you found so silly you just had to laugh? According to an article by staff at the Mayo Clinic, laughter is not just good for short-term stress relief; it’s also good for long-term stress relief.

    · Rhythmic stroking not only feels good to your cat, it can relieve your own anxiety. The soft feel of a cat’s fur and the repetitive motion of petting can soothe even the worst stress. It doesn’t require any thinking on your part, and can be a bonding experience as it reminds your cat of being washed by its mother. Stroking your cat’s fur can make it purr, which can be even more calming for you.

    · Cats often seem to know when something is wrong. Have you ever come home from work so upset that all you wanted was to curl up in bed and shut the entire world out forever? Cats can sense by your behavior, and even by your scent, that there’s a problem. Oftentimes they behave as though they want to comfort you; they quietly pad up to you and curl up against your leg or your side, giving you their love and support. Physical touch is both soothing and a good way to bond.

    Because having a cat can help to reduce your stress level, it can help to reduce your risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
    And another, more scientific source:

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 12:42 pm

      Awesome. Thanks my friend. I’ll try to practice some of this with the two purr things we have here at the Hotel Thompson.

      • franhunne4u

        04/04/2016 at 12:47 pm

        Hope you can make Bacon comply … he might want to monopolize your attention.

      • Piglove

        04/04/2016 at 1:02 pm

        This is true. He and Houdini do fight for the lap at night. I will definitely make some purr time though. XOXO – Bacon

  3. MichelleMarie

    04/04/2016 at 12:57 pm

    Me too me too stress beyond stress. But today is calm cool and peaceful. I had a huge change in my life last week so I rested all weekend. I hope you did too! This is wonderful! Happy Monday Bacon friend hang in there and look for daisies maybe! xoxo

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 1:03 pm

      aaww hugs my friend. Thanks and I will definitely do that.

  4. speedyrabbit

    04/04/2016 at 1:07 pm

    try to have fun at least once a day laughter is a good cure for stress,and what about meditation exercises that is good for stress too.and Swimming is relaxing as well as being great exercise.And then there is always a good Speedy movie to take one’s mind off of stressful situations,xx Rachel

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 1:59 pm

      Doh! What didn’t I think about that?! Watch Speedy on his video’s. They *always* make me smile. Thanks my friend!

      • speedyrabbit

        04/07/2016 at 2:32 am

        I thought i would weigh myself I lost a pound yay!just 13 more to go,xx Rache

      • Piglove

        04/07/2016 at 8:13 am

        You are doing fantastic my friend. Keep up this amazing work!

  5. Sheila Englehart

    04/04/2016 at 4:22 pm

    Stress is tricky. But you can’t do anything about the computer situation. So go for a fast walk and let yourself “not” mull over it all. Just enjoy the outdoors, even if you have to wear a surgical mask for the pollen. Walking can change your outlook.

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks my friend. I think that is what I shall do. I’m trying to let things slide off my back but sometimes it is easier said than done. I just checked my pulse rate and it was a little bit lower. That’s a great thing.

  6. Miss Harper Lee

    04/04/2016 at 4:38 pm

    My human mommy had computer issues last week, too. To say that she was stressed is a total understatement. And then that stressed me out (I am a very sensitive girl) and then that made her feel rotten, and then she was stressed and sad. And then the geeks fixed her computer and everyone lived happily ever after. Here’s hoping the geeks come through for your mom, and remember . . . this too shall pass. 🙂

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 5:23 pm

      Amen to that gorgeous! Those ‘geeks’ from I.T. are here working on the problem now. I do hope after the grunting that I hear coming from their room that it means good news… I hope.

  7. hailey and Zaphod

    04/04/2016 at 8:31 pm

    Lady is a very stressed kind of person, yoga and meditation is helping her.

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks – I think I’m going to try some yoga and see if it helps. Pray for me.

  8. The Florida Furkids

    04/04/2016 at 8:33 pm

    Lots of good suggestions here. A nice walk always helps relieve stress for our Mom…..and mindless TV!

    The Florida Furkids

    • Piglove

      04/04/2016 at 8:38 pm

      Mindless television I can so do! I’m on that as soon as I get home. LOL – thanks my friends.

  9. evilsquirrel13

    04/05/2016 at 1:45 am

    I think a few rounds of beating up those stupid computers will help you out in more ways than one!

    • Piglove

      04/05/2016 at 10:09 am

      I think you may be right my friend. XOXO – Bacon

  10. gentlestitches

    04/05/2016 at 4:21 am

    My friend talks of the rule of tens. Will this be a problem in 10 secs. 10 mins, 10 hours, 10 days, etcetera. I am not sure how it is supposed to help NOW! but it always sounds wise and sensible. I find chocolate just dissolves my stress and then the next day I am stressed because I ate all that chocolate……. Crochet/knitting is good because it is one activity that lowers stress and isn’t compatible with foodables. It goes well with drinkables though! o_O

    • Piglove

      04/05/2016 at 10:17 am

      LOL – I like the way you think! Drinkables are always good to keep the stress at bay. There have been so many computer problems lately at work. I’m trying to ‘breathe’ through the problems and keep smiling…. of course sometimes leaving colorful words along the way.


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