15 Ways To Maintain Our Stress Levels

The stress I once dealt with became to an all time high after having major back surgery in December of 2001. Thank God for my mental strength & his healing. For today, I am free from torturing pain & prescription pills. rawpixel-com-315186.jpgPhoto by rawpixel.com on Unsplash

I want to say with all honesty of my remembrance that in October of 1999 the slight discomfort began. I was moving the furniture (a T.V. from Rent-A-Center on a stand) around in my rental property and bent down the wrong way and as the days & months went by the pain was more excrutiating from that point (Oct. to Dec.). After several doctor’s visits they claimed it was arthiritis, but my body was telling me something totally different. To make a long story short as possible, I ended up having a herniated disk down by my tailbone that caused my back muscles to lock to protect my spine, so I was on a walker at the age of 27. I suffered with this form of what I considered extremely high torture for 3 months because the doctors wanted to try alternative options (Intense Physical Therapy) before surgery. scott-webb-22437.jpgPhoto by Scott Webb on Unsplash

This moment in my lifetime ago led to clinical depression & I started having stress related seizures that really didn’t subside until 2014. The seizures were considered psychogenic (of the  mind)  adjectivePsychology. 1. having origin in the mind or in a mental condition or process: a psychogenic disorder (psychogenic. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved January 14, 2018 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/psychogenic)

To break this down in simpliar terms, I was holding things mentally & releasing it physically through my body. Not only was my body being tortured, I could no longer work & was on disability from March of 2002 until April of 2007. So I basically had to bring my mind & body back in sync with each other. cristian-newman-273305.jpgPhoto by Cristian Newman on Unsplash

I would love to share with you how I learned to control my stress levels over the years & if it even thinks of rising now. I no longer suffer with that type of depression. When I feel as if my stress level peaks out at the mildest level I have at least:

15 Ways To Maintain My Stress Levels

All I can say about this is it is #1 for a reason. It is a constant work in progress. I was once on a straight road, but I swerved going around the curve & now my freaking tires are hanging off & I am still waiting on a tow truck. Guess what I don’t beat myself up about that shit because I can eat a salad for 30 days straight if that was the case because I love it. However, my ultimate goal is to become a pescatatian, one whose diet includes fish but no other meat.

  • Exercising

I literally shook the fat off my plump ass & got down to a size 10-12, but I need to strike it back up because my toosh is back in a 14-16 & my girls are trying to pry their way out of my work shirts. So it’s time to start back moving my fat ass.

The breathing techniques were inspired by the psychiatrist who treated me for clinical depression, so these are the most consistent in my everyday life so I want end up on a new episode of Snapped.

OMG! If I didn’t believe in naps when I was a child, I surely do my best to get all my rest now because I can’t function without it.

  • Hot Therapy

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And I do mean a very hot shower/bath. Now if I decide to do a bath I will emmerse my body in a tub of hot water, with bubbles, a capful of clorox & alcohol. This is just what I do because that’s how I was raised. Please Do What Is Best For YOU I will not be responsible if you blister. <<<<ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK>>>>

  • Old School Music

Like LTD Old, simply because I was born in the early 70’s & this is what my mother played in our house growing up! The music was just so different back then. However, I don’t knock the music today just in case I decide to turn up.

  • Coloring

I love to color especially when I am extremely feeling stressors. I have crayons, coloring books, & color pencils/pens. I colored these when I was experiencing hardships with my second husband (divorced). I don’t share my coloring books with anyone no matter who you are unless I have occular proof (L.O.L.) you can really color inside the lines.

  • ReadingReading is so Fun-Da-Mental. The last page turners I read were:

Cougar CockTales.jpg Cougar Cocktales

by N’tyse (Editor) Five of the most daring voices in African American literature today explore the sizzling, wildly popular genre of erotica in this unique collection edited by the author who “cleverly delivers all that her name stands for: Never Tell Your Secrets” (Zane). 

Dare to embrace your wild side as five of the brightest imaginations in black literature today—Michelle Cuttino, Shakir Rashaan, Anna Black, Jada Pearl, and N’Tyse—come together to weave an unforgettable exploration of female liberation and self-gratifying sexual healing. These risqué tales of steamy passion bloom from illicit affairs, secret fetishes, romantic flings, and pure unadulterated happenstance.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by Strebor Books
159309616X (ISBN13: 9781593096168)

The Coldest Winter EverThe Coldest Winter Ever

The stunning national bestseller now features an illuminating discussion with Sister Souljah — her secret thoughts on creating the story that has sold more than one million copies worldwide and introduced readers everywhere to the real ghetto experience. Here are answers to the questions fans everywhere have been asking; the meanings and inspirations behind such memorable characters as Winter, Midnight, and Santiaga; and insights into why and how Souljah conceived of one of the most powerful novels of our time.
Paperback, 544 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published April 1st 1999)
Original Title
The Coldest Winter Ever
1416521690 (ISBN13: 9781416521693)


  • Watch Your Favorite T.V. Series

Law OrderLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit TV-14 | | CrimeDramaMystery | TV Series (1999– )

  • Scream

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One of my co-workers who is a lot older than myself said to me one day in the Deli “Ms. Flo I just go to my car on my lunch break and just scream & you should try it.” I said thank you Mrs. V. I’ am going to try it. So I did just that. Screaming releases so much tension on a different level at the work place trust me. You will be a totally different person. Try it, then let me know what you think. *Be Mindful of Your Surroundings* people may think you have lost ever fiber of your being.

  • Margaritasmargarita-2774135

A couple of these after a work week….Yes! DON’T DRINK & DRIVE

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Leave anything pertaining to your job at the front door once you exit after clocking out.
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It’s not easy to be as positive as you need to be on a daily basis, but start with good vibes only & all the negativity Nancy’s we be in their own little negative mindsets
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Light your favorite candles! I love Bath & Body Works, no particular scent but it has t be something I really like.

Write a great detailed post on your blog with some amazing Stock Photos

Until The Next Post Be Inspired_Ms. Flo

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5 Replies to “15 Ways To Maintain Our Stress Levels”

    1. Thanks love! What’s crazy is my Monday was so messed up. My car wouldn’t crank, had to call out of work, got a point but still got paid. Battery was so far on the bottom no one wanted to touch it unless I paid almost 300. Had to wait one more day to go back to the dealer. Then my 22 yr old & his ex girl now…started drama…oh girl it was intense. I could not get my head right until the next day…glad it could help

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