Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Are You Stressed?


Are you stressed? I am!

You may have noticed that last week I sort of fell off the face of the internet. I wasn’t lost. I was moving!

Moving itself can be stressful. In fact, many people say that moving a house can be as traumatic as facing a serious illness. Throw in 3 kids, a dog, a cat, 2 guinea pigs, a husband who had already relocated and movers who showed up a day early and you’re at Defcon 5 as far as stress goes.

What did I do to relieve the stress of this move?

First, I took a deep breath. Breathing is cleansing and whenever I found myself getting panicked, rushed or irritated, I stopped and took a moment to just breathe. Dr. Weil has a great breathing exercise to relieve stress and anxiety. You can find out about it from one of my earlier blog posts here.


The next thing I did was drink 2 packets (4 ounces) of Ningxia Red. I figured all of that stress was probably oxidizing the heck out of my system and as you know inflammation is bad for the body. Ningxia Red is filled with anti-oxidants, so I had 2 packets instead of my normal single shot.


I then reached for my Young Living Peace & Calming and Stress Away essential oil blends. I put the Peace & Calming on the bottoms of my feet, then cupped my hands and inhaled several times with deep breaths (there’s that breathing thing again!). I rolled Stress Away on the back of my neck, shoulders and wrists.


Finally, I gave myself a drop of valor on my spine to help me get through what otherwise might have been an unbearable day.

Was the stress completely gone? No. However, it was manageable, which is exactly what I needed.

A few other techniques you can use to deal with a stressful move are these:

  • Be organized – This works until you get a call from the mover telling you they are outside your door ready to load up the truck!
  • Keep a notebook handy with everything you may need including phone numbers, packing lists, etc.
  • Label boxes according to the rooms they will need to go
  • Designate tasks
  • Prioritize
  • Attend to Emotional Needs
  • Encourage your children to express themselves and their feelings about the move
  • Continue to take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest, eat right and exercise.


As I type this, I am in a house at my kitchen island. My dog is sleeping peacefully at my feet and the cat is curled up in a chair in the family room. My children have all started their new schools.

Life is good.

* Please note that the information contained on this website is my personal opinion, and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have medical concerns, please consult with a physician or other qualified health professional. The information about the health topics is for informational purposes only.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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