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Relax RV Podcast – episode 52 – How are you doing

Episode 52  – Released  4/4/20

These are strange and trying times.

It seems that people who are “not essential” are experiencing new stressors at this time of change.
..lack of income
..frustrations of try to negotiate super inundated systems like unemployment
..kids and adults are stressed with isolation from their friends
..adults are dealing with working at home OR being an essential employee
..hard to get comfortable with the uncertainty of when their lives will go back to the routine they are comfortable with
..try to keep needed supplies in the household

“Essential ” people may be feeling overwhelmed because of being overworked or fearful because of possible exposure to the virus.

Either way These ARE trying times.

Signs and symptoms of stress overload:

Anxiety or panic attacks, A feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled and hurried, Irritability and moodiness, Stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain, Allergic reactions, such as eczema, Acne  or asthma, Problems sleeping too much or too little, Over or under eating, Increased drinking, smoking or doing drugs, Sadness or depression, Feeling like you are losing control or need to take control, Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind, Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed, Low energy, headaches, Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea, Aches, pains, and tense muscles, Chest pain and rapid heartbeat, Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet, Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing, Clenched jaw and grinding teeth, constant worrying, Racing thoughts, Forgetfulness and disorganization, Inability to focus, Poor judgment, Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side.



Things that will help you to relax:

..Find diversions
..start new or do old hobbies
..jigsaw puzzles
..fix or repair things that have been on the “honey do” list
..plan or explore options for your travel plans when the restrictions are lifted
..TALK on the phone
..play games with family or Solitaire
..work on the list of things broken in your rig or do modifications that you have wanting to do


Check out and share:

episode 49 which is an introduction to stress     

50  is a progressive relaxation exercise   

51 is a way to take 7 minutes of calm for your well being


Can downsizing lower your Stress?

In episode 20 of my RelaxRV podcast I talk about how living on the road in our 30′ motorhome for four months changed my view of “size” and things.

It is a fact that today buyers aged 35-54 are the largest segment of RV owners, according to the 2011 University of Michigan study. This is the 1st time that the average age group of RVers are not retirees. During our travels we met a lot of young families living fulltime on the road while homeschooling their children.

While writing my notes for episode 20, I did some research and found a couple of articles and a great book that talk about the reduction of stress associated with downsizing.

In the article in WebMD (https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/features/cut-stress-simplify-life#4) the author talks about how living “smaller”,  can reduce your stress by lowering time constraints. She also talks about the importance of “disconnecting” and reducing debt as associated with downsizing.

In another article “6 Reasons Downsizing Your Home Can Lower Stress” (https://seniordirectory.com/articles/info/can-downsizing-really-lower-your-stress) the author focuses on the financial benefits of downsizing.

And an interesting book (Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life That Is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich by Duane Elginwhich looks at ways to live without being obsessed with “things” and may inspire you to start living a life that is simple, happy, and less cluttered.

So, take a deep breath in ……. let it out and relax.


There are links to the articles and to the book on Amazon (of which I am an associate and. Following the link will not cost any more in your purchase but I will receive a small financial boost for each purchase.