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My Little Kitty

Kitty and I have discovered that we are a part of something much bigger than we are. And we are very thankful that we have each other.

Little Kitty waiting to be called for dinner

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Sometimes, when we may least expect it, stress creeps into our day to day lives, grabs hold, and refuses to let go. Finding ways to identify the source or sources and acknowledging what it is can be the beginning of reducing it. But not always. And sometimes after you've identified it the stress wants to hold on even tighter.

Remember our greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

— William James

What is it?

What is stress? It is our body's reaction to changes that may occur in our life. They can be emotional or mental or physical or all of those. Stress can be a positive thing or negative thing. It becomes a negative thing when it is a constant presence in one's life.

According to my.clevelandclinic.org : "stress is a response that causes physiological changes to allow the body to combat stressful situations. This stress response, also known as the "fight or flight response", is activated in case of an emergency. However, this response can become chronically activated during prolonged periods of stress. Prolonged activation of the stress response causes wear and tear on the body – both physical and emotional."

No doubt, each of us experiences some degree of stress daily.

Little Kitty has Stress, too

Not being an animal psychiatrist I'm only speaking from my general observation. But it seems that animals have stress in their lives also. Kitty who is shown in the photo must feel stress when she's chased by the outside kitties. One thing however she does not have to stress about is where she's going to get her next meal.

She also gets lots of loving from her Momma (me) and she gives me love in return as she purrs and snuggles with me.

Always on hand

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Why "silly putty"?

Why not "silly putty"? I keep it on hand and mindlessly squish it in my hands throughout the day. It seems to divert my thinking, if but for a moment, away from whatever stressor of the negative ilk that may try to intrude in my mind.

What are some common stressors?

Hurrying for an appointment/ meeting

Illness: your own/another person's

Self-imposed pressure

Lost keys

Financial difficulties

Expectations of you for others & vice versa

Lost eye glasses

Family disagreements

Death of loved one or friend & yes, beloved pet

What may trigger stress?

The table shows only a limited number of stress triggers. The page could have been filled with triggers only. What may stress you may not bother someone else at all. Some things may be a minor annoyance to you but for others may be huge.

What to do...

Recently a stressful situation has settled into my life that is unlike anything I have ever encountered. It is one that never in my wildest dreams did I feel I would ever be forced to face.

It is a situation that I am unable to distance myself from no matter what I try.

It is bigger than I am. Much bigger. And, while I do struggle to completely trust in divine power, I am after all NOT divine and have human failings. One of them being that no matter what I do, I am unable to resolve this present situation.

I am unable to distance myself from this. It is there when I lay my head on my pillow each night. As I awaken in the morning, it once again shows its ugly head to me. At present, I am just trying to breathe.


Snuggle with your pup to help you relax

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And so how do I go forth

Faced with the uncertainty of how this present stress will be resolved, I am forced to move on, go forth, keep on trying to breathe.

Each day, after once again realizing that it is a new day for which I am eternally grateful, I begin anew.

Trying to keep busy helps. It does not remove this obstacle that is present but it helps.

Walking is one way that I can sort of get away from this nightmare that has become a "daymare", if there is such a thing. I plug in my ear buds and listen to some music I adore and walk and walk.

It helps...it does.

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What else can I do

Keeping busy. Yes, it is so important to me.

Tending to my many plants in my yard is a great distraction. They provide me joy and while most do not require a lot of attention, they offer me a connection to Mother Earth which is calming.

The mischievous, abundant weeds do require attention. Some of them really are reluctant to let go of their home in the rich and comfortable loamy soil so struggle with me to see who will win. Usually I am quite satisfied when the last root of one of those invaders is removed from a flower bed.

A plus while I am tending to the plants is company. Little Kitty comes to me when I am working and snuggles up with me. She also makes me laugh. When there is a good-sized pile of debris I have trimmed off of a tree or a pile of weeds, this proves to be a great place to wriggle up into and wait for me to acknowledge her. It is just so cute.

Little Kitty "hiding" in a pile of debris

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Still more

There are other ways that I strive to distance myself from this unwanted intrusion in my life.

  • Writing on HubPages*
  • Coloring in adult coloring books
  • Reading
  • Meditating
  • Praying
  • Reaching out to Angels who listen
  • Spending time with Little Kitty

*Writing is difficult as I have no internet where I live. I am in a very rural spot so I use data on my phone (unlimited, of course) but it is quite a chore and not STRESS-free to compose on one's phone.

Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things.

— Joyce Meyer

Still searching

Each day I search for new ways to confront what I am facing.

One thing I know for certain is that there are so many others who are beset with issues they find beyond their control.

Saying...'do not dwell on it' is so simplistic. If only it were that easy.

In distancing oneself from uncertainty does come some peace and calm.

As I have written this I have been searching for answers from others and from within my own little mind.

To some extent, I feel somewhat relieved. That is a good thing.

Natural beauty is calming

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Look at a tree, a flower, a plant. Let your awareness rest upon it. How still they are, how deeply rooted in being. Allow nature to teach you stillness.

— Eckhart Tolle

Pollyanna

Those of you who have read a number of the hubs I have shared on this site would know that I often would be termed Pollyanna.

For the most part, that is who I am. Seeing the glass half full, seeing the ultimate good in whatever comes my way, finding joy in simplicity. So for me to have written about being in despair may make you want me to go back and reread what I have written.

And, I have. And I have read and continue to read positive thoughts and mantras shared by others.

Each day is a new opportunity to relish the beauty in this transitory world. Recent events not withstanding, there is still so much wonderful to behold.

Perhaps one day I will be able to share what has caused this turmoil in my life.

Meanwhile, keep on keeping on everyone of you.

An example to me about being calm

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Patricia Scott

Comments

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 10, 2021:

You are exactly right about that. They DO know exactly what we need. I have a neighborhood kitty that comes in to visit twice a day....she pretends she wants loving but she knows I am the one who needs it. Angels headed your way, Brenda. ps

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 07, 2021:

It's still a wonderful article.

Kittys are amazing.

They know what we need.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 07, 2021:

Yes, tricky it is that old stress thing. I may have mislead my readers by publishing that. I was just trying to work through some unusual situations and gave voice to it in a article. Hope all is good with you. Angels headed your way this evening ps

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 03, 2021:

Stress is a hard one to deal with no matter what yiur outlook normally is...like a glass half full.

Try looking at it like the angels fill up your glass constantly, so there's no need to worry.

Kitty and writing usually helps me.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

That little kitty is living with its rightful owners. I could not bring her to my new place which I moved to in order to be closer to my family. Thank you for stopping by, Peggy. Love and Angels headed your way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Lucky you. How could you not fuss over any kitty? Angels are headed your way today ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Where I am now no pets are allowed either. But there are neighborhood kitties and a pup who visit. Angels are headed your way today ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Exactly. We all have stress and hopefully each one of us finds a way or ways to manage it. Thank you for stopping to visit. Angels are headed your way today ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Thank you for visiting. I am glad I could make you smile. Angels are headed your way this morning ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

I totally get stress at work. Been there. Thankfully I am retired so my stress comes from other sources. Each day the stress seems to lift a little more. Angels are headed your way today ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

And you know what? We all have stress. We learn to muddle through. As I have mentioned in comments above, we embrace each new day and are happy in it. Thank you for your kind words. Angels are headed your way today ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Some days I have it beat and others not. I do not live in despondency but embrace the light. thank you for your kind words. Angels are headed your way ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Surely, Eric. You understand then how each day is a new blessing. We do not live in darkness and sadness but embrace each moment. Thank you for visiting. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on October 03, 2021:

Thank you for stopping by. Sorry for the delay in responding. Angels headed your way today ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 07, 2021:

I hope that your Little Kitty is still bringing joy to your life. Thinking of you today with love.

Take care, and give her an extra pat from me.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on September 17, 2020:

I grew up on a farm with lots (and I mean lots) of animals to fuss with. Today my wfe and I have just two cats but they have somehow come to dominate our lives. It's OK because we adore them dearly and like to fuss over them as much as we can.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on September 05, 2020:

Yup, everyone has stress about work, family, living alone, jobless, failed relationship but hey, our pets are the best stress reliever. The place i am staying now , no pets allowed

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 02, 2020:

Everyone has stress. Some have it more, some less. What matters is managing it. You have found and shared so many ways to do it, thanks.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on July 09, 2020:

Your list of things is to do makes me smile because "write a Hub" is first and "coloring" is second. I would put them the other way around but both are good stress relief for me too.

Blessings,

Denise

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on July 06, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy..So sorry for the delay in responding. Just ...well, you know...and I know you understand. Thankful for your friendship. Angels are on the way...ps

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 09, 2020:

So very sorry that you are experiencing even more stress at this time when the world is currently bombarded from stressful happenings. I am so thankful that you have your dear little kitty, your gardening, your walks, and the ears of family and friends to help you at this time. May you live to see far less stress in the days to come. Sending virtual hugs and prayers your way.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Thank you for your thoughtful comment. As I mentioned above SOME of the stress has begun to lift. Angels are headed your way this morning. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on June 09, 2020:

Thanks for your kind words. Thankfully SOME of the stress has begun to lift. One day at a time...I hope you are well and safe. Angels are headed your way. ps

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 06, 2020:

I feel very stressful at work 5 days a .

Looking at kitty makes me feel at ease.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on May 19, 2020:

I can feel your pain here, Patricia. My hear goes out to you. Sometimes when all our tried and true methods of handling stress evade us we might need to seek outside help.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 13, 2020:

Patricia, it may take some time, but I really would love for you to find a solution to what's worrying you. Try listening as well, for the truth of the matter. Accept God's peace and trust Him to see you through.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 13, 2020:

Patricia I am glad you wrote this. I am called Pollyanna like you. I like to respond "ya, so. What you going to do about it." And giggle. I love to giggle. I've always been crazy but it keeps me from going insane. (Jennings)

I think within the last year I have had all the the stressors mentioned. But I do most the things you mention and have two mindsets. I get confused not angry, as I would rather figure it out than react. And I just plain do the love deal.

I have this not so bad but inoperable cancer. Everyday I get up with it. I will have my angel Gabriel send you some love.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 13, 2020:

Stressful lifestyles adds to many illnesses you have shared an important fact and useful ways to combat stress

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 12, 2020:

Patricia, you have had so many tough things in the last few years and I am sorry to hear you have another stressful situation. I miss you when you don't write here.

I think it may have been helpful for you to write this article. You will have good thoughts and prayers coming your way. I hope things get better soon. I think this is a very good article and the list of things should help take some of the stress, at least at times.

Stay safe and healthy. Blessings coming your way!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 12, 2020:

Patricia, I hope and pray that whatever is stressing you these days will soon be just a distant memory. How like you to turn even this negative situation into a sharing and learning for the rest of us. You are so very kind and loving.

Our sermon last Sunday was based on 1 Peter 5:7. My love to you.

P.S. your kitty is adorable.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 12, 2020:

Clive...thank you for stopping to read and comment. Once again Angels are headed your way. ps

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 11, 2020:

Ruby...actually you are so right and I am counting on time to help me with this. Thank you so much for stopping to read and comment. Angels are headed your way once again this evening. ps

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 11, 2020:

Patricia, you have listed a number of ways to reduce stress, and they all work. Sometimes it takes time. Time is the greatest healer of all. They say that having a pet is a wonderful stress reducer and you have that. You have written a thoughtful and meaningful article. Thank you.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on May 11, 2020:

stress is man made. Seek righteousness and fall in love with your soul.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 11, 2020:

I am so sorry to hear that you are coping with a stressful situation. Thank you for sharing your stress helping tips. I appreciate it all the more, as you say that your HP articles are composed on your phone. I think that's quite an amazing achievement.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 11, 2020:

Shauna, I so appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. I'm trying to make sense of all this and hopefully all of the kind words that are shared with me will help me muddle through. Angels are headed your way this afternoon.

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 11, 2020:

Ann...thank you very much for stopping to read and share your thoughts with me. I draw strength from the words of others at this this time. I hope that I can keep on keeping on as I've suggested to others. Angels once again are headed your way Harrogate

Patricia Scott (author) from North Central Florida on May 11, 2020:

Bill I know that letting go & letting God saying. I am working on it for sure. As a matter of fact I've had handled many situations in the past with that very mantra. Someday this will all work out I hope. Thank you so much for stopping and sharing your words with me. It's comforting to know that others listen and care. Angels are headed all the way to Washington this afternoon.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 11, 2020:

Wonderful article, Patricia! It reminds us of all the ways to de-stress ourselves. Stress is insidious, it winds its way into our minds without warning, then bam! it hits us without mercy. So what do we do? We hit it back. Easier said than done of course.

I'm like you in that I am the eternal optimist but that doesn't mean we don't experience stress. I thought at first you meant the current situation but it appears there's something else. Whatever it is, these things pass, or something presents itself that is unexpectedly calming. I don't know but it's possible.

Whatever it is, you are well prepared to deal with it and I hope you succeed. You have my thoughts and virtual hugs. I hope Kitty continues to be inspiring and calming. It's strange how animals often sense that they are needed for comfort and solace; they have that sixth sense that we have somehow suppressed.

Nature is a great boost, I find, and it seems you agree. This has inspired me and made me smile so that in itself is wonderful.

Take care, Patricia, and keep safe and well.

Ann

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 11, 2020:

Love the list of activities to alleviate stress. I'm fond of many of them, although truthfully I don't experience stress these days. Thirteen years ago I was told to "Let go and let God," and that's pretty much how I handle any stressful situation. There is only so much I can do about any situation. Once I've done what I can do, it is time to let it go and move on. :)

Sending hugs and blessings to you on the wings of angels.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 11, 2020:

Paddy Kay, I truly hope this new obstacle finds its way out of your life. You have faced - and overcome - so much in your life. You are a very strong woman. I know sometimes that in and of itself can be a stress trigger, but I have faith that you'll find a way.

In the meantime, keep doing what you're doing. Being outside with Nature is very calming. Little Kitty is doing what she can to keep your spirits up and to show you love.

Please know that you have many people here on HP that love and support you.

Sending angels your way...... Sha

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