Lately, I’ve been purposefully thinking about stress and its effect on my life. Did you know that stress is actually adaptive for our bodies, and without it, we wouldn’t be alive?
Stress exists to prime our bodies against a real or perceived threat. Your endless to-do list might be a “threat”, and your worry and anxiety about your to-do list would be the “stress” you experience. Stress is a reaction, not a situation.
Unfortunately, some of us are primed to have a difficult time shutting down the stress response. We can’t control it. In my case, when stress relates to mental illness, it’s very difficult to turn off that reaction.
But none of us are immune to regular old kick-you-when-you’re-down stress that occurs due to major life events or changes, work stress, family problems — anything, really. We all feel it. We all wish we didn’t.
When I feel stressed, it feels like I can actually sense the cortisol running through my body. My chest tenses up, my mind loses focus, and I start fidgeting, talking really fast, or getting upset about small things. I’ve been thinking a lot about how to reduce the amount of stress in my life, and to do that, I need to try to eliminate some of the situations that cause that stress. A good friend of mine gave me this sound advice.
It seems like a simple task, but it can take some major life changes to change the amount of stress you feel. Jobs, relationships, friendships, daily habits, exercise…those kinds of things don’t change overnight. I decided I would focus on work stress, and make the changes I need to feel more calm and collected.
As you may have already noticed, I’ve been posting twice per week. This is hopefully a temporary fix until I get some other work changes sorted out. As much as I wish I could post every single day, I’d rather write more meaningful posts that you as a reader can personally resonate with.
I already feel a dark cloud lifting.
Let me know in the comments how you deal with stress in your life. I could always use some tips. <3
These chocolate-dipped confetti squares are really, really easy. Stress-free. Kid-proof. Adult-proof. And lots of fun to make. It’s really just a simple rice Krispie square recipe with confetti sprinkles and chocolate dip, but it’s a little more fun than your plain marshmallow square. Plus, you can’t go wrong with sprinkles (I have a Pinterest board devoted to sprinkles!). Enjoy
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Pyrex Basics 8″ Baking Pan: I can’t get enough of this baking pan. It’s my go-to pan, it’s sturdy, and I love the size so much I actually modify recipes so they can fit in this pan.
Chocolate-Dipped Funfetti Rice Krispie Squares
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 9 bars
- 3 cups rice Krispies
- 1/4 cup sprinkles
- 2 TB butter
- 125 g (4.4 oz) marshmallows, mini or regular
- 1 cup of chocolate chips
- 2 TB coconut oil
- Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray. In a small bowl, combine the rice Krispies and sprinkles.
- In a large saucepan, add the butter and melt over low-medium heat. Add the marshmallows and melt while stirring. Add the rice Krispies and sprinkles and stir to create a giant sticky mess. Spoon it all into the baking pan and place in the freezer to cool for about 5 minutes, or until cool to the touch.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips and coconut oil. Microwave in 30-second bursts until mostly melted, and stir to finish the melting.
- Remove the pan from the fridge and slice into squares (3×3 works nicely). Dip each square into the chocolate and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for about 5 minutes to harden the chocolate. Serve.