Managing Stress and Anxiety – My Story

My life was pretty wired. I was run ragged and didn’t know which way to turn to resolve it. My health had deteriorated and something had to change. This is whereI began my journey of finding a stress resolution.


A resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.

The more stress we are experiencing in our lives, the more our health, strength and well-being are compromised. This could be past, present and future environmental stress which creates an in-balance and disruption in the body’s energy system.

You may be already feel the physical and emotional manifestations of stress in the body like me.

From personal experience, at times of extreme pressure in my life, I suffered with:-

• Acute migraines
• Severe pain in my abdomen
• Anxiety
• Panic Attacks
• Insomnia

This was my body telling me that it is suffering from the pressure of my environment and something had to give!

There is no exact measure or definition of stress but it is generally defined as the physical response of the body to things that makes you feel worried and bothered. Stress affects individuals differently just the same as individuals view stress in different ways. It is true that stress is already part of life and it can strike at any point in one’s life to a larger or lesser degree.

Stress resolutions are made by individuals who no longer want to be tied with this feeling of dis-ease. When you make a resolution, you can begin to envision a new year where things will fall into place. Embracing these resolutions is synonymous to making commitments and doing the very best to succeed. If you are looking forward to a different and stress-free year, stress resolutions can serve as your guide and inspiration.

These resolutions also help you in living a happier and healthier life. It is true that making changes in life requires effort and dedication and starting this journey to change by making your stress resolutions are brilliant step to take. Do you desire to live a life full of chaos and stress? Of course, you don’t, here’s what I did to change my life for the better.

I sat down with my partner over a year, mostly in tears and becoming more irrational as time progressed, as I was literally run ragged and pulling my hair out with the ever increasing pressure I was under in every area of my life. Once I looked at my issues on paper, I could see it was an umbrella effect. Basically, the job was the trigger of all the other issues. Working so many hours exhausted me, giving me little time to meal plan, cook, spend time with the family, look after the house, be a good mum and partner and last but most importantly, look after myself!
These were my stress resolutions:

• Leave my Job
• Change my diet
• Put new energy into my exercise routine
• Spend much more time with my family

So my journey began. Easter 2017, I left my full-time permanent job. One of the biggest choices I have had to make to date. More on this to follow.

So, the decision was made! On my first weekend of freedom, I went away to Italy on a business trip with my partner. The first evening in Italy, I had a bad fall (no booze involved!), injuring my ribs badly.

Yes, I felt low at this point and the pain was through the roof too. No exercise for 3 months and laser treatment for many weeks. I was frustrated, to say the least! But I quickly focused on what I could do. So I made a start on eating healthily in my new found free time! So the new food routine began. You can read more about this later.

The only exercise I could do was Breathing Exercises. These had a profound impact on my life.

This was the turning point to regaining my sanity. The impact of my stress resolutions on my life is awesome!

• There is fresh food in the fridge.
• We have a meal plan that works.
• The grocery bill is down considerably.
• I put dinner on the table every night involving healthy, home-cooked meals.
• We no longer employ a cleaner saving a huge monthly bill.
• I’m on top of the washing and house duties.
• We are working together as a family team.
• No more Mummy guilt.
• I can work from home.
• Most importantly, I’m there for my family.

What resolutions could you add to your life, to make you happier and healthier?

If I can do it, anyone can!







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  • Lisa Tregellas

    Wow, what a great piece Nicky, I loved reading it, so insprational! xxx

    • Nicky

      Thank you for your lovely words Lisa!

  • Michelle ward

    Wise words that definitely come from experience. Keep up the good work. Love reading it. Xx

  • Christina

    Hi Nicky,
    I am sorry to read you had the fall in Italy. I am glad you are doing better, and that it was a blessing in disguise! 🙂 (This blessing was deep undercover.)
    Congratulations on living a healthier lifestyle!

    • Nicky

      Thank you so much Christina, I agree!

  • Maria - wrexhammama

    Wish i could write like that x

    • Nicky

      Thank you so much Maria! X

  • Eva Katona

    Glad you’re better now. Enjoyed reading this post, very thought provoking.

  • Emma

    Great tips! I always try to honk of positive things when I’m feeling low. Congrats on leaving your job. V brave!

  • Jennifer

    You’ve done brilliantly, well done! This was a great read

    • Nicky

      Thank you Jennifer x

  • Lucy

    Wow, what an inspiration to let go of the stress and look at life objectively so things can be improved. You’re so brave to have made all the changes and your hard work has obviously paid off! Well done! Shall have to try it myself Haha! Xx

    • Nicky

      Ha ha! Thank you Lucy xxx

  • Sophie

    A great read Nicky, love reading your blog xx

    • Nicky

      Thank you Sophie! Thanks for popping by x

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