I seldom get stressed-out. So, why did I awake with a start after a dream about meeting someone for lunch and not being able to locate the restaurant? Was my sleepy-time foray merely a worrisome dream or a nightmare?

Should I take this recent Can’t-find-the-restaurant dream as an indication that I’m actually under pressure I don’t address during the day? When awake, I focus on good things: our younger son is home for a week-long visit and I even found my iPad after two weeks during an AHA! moment in the middle of the night. Thankfully, my brain was searching while my body rested.

Walking is one of my favorite de-stressors. Especially on the beach.

Walking is one of my favorite de-stressors. Especially on the beach.

In the past, I’ve experienced obnoxious dreams, such as finding myself in the high school cafeteria because I never really graduated from high school after all, let alone college. Or I arrived at class unprepared for a test. Those dreams seemed to have dissipated. To my knowledge, I’ve never dreamed I drove to the mall in my nightgown or experienced hairy-scary nightmares such as plunging over Niagara Falls in a canoe. Or, possibly I’ve forgotten them.

Do you think nightmares are caused by unresolved stress?

I try my best to avoid nerve-racking situations, such as driving on the freeway during rush-hour or filling my calendar too tightly. But sometimes it’s not possible to escape. We or loved-ones grow ill, and the world seems to revolve faster than it used to. Science has proven anxiety and stress are bad for the health.

The Amish horse-and-buggies have to deal with traffic too!

The Amish horse-and-buggies have to deal with traffic too!

Would you find comfort living at a slower pace like the Amish? Hold on, not even the Amish live without stress. They must deal with family members, obey church leaders and regulations called the Ordnung, inclement weather that affects crops and their ability to move about, for the most part in a horse-drawn buggy. Plus, choosing the right mate and deciding whether or not to join the Amish church, a lifetime commitment for both membership and marriage. How do you think they manage?

As an author, I observe the body language people use when stressed. Can you tell when your spouse, family member, or a friend is anxious? How about your pet? Is your first reaction to comfort them or steer clear?

Is the garden your retreat to serenity?

Is the garden your retreat to serenity?

Do you have a personal de-stressor when you feel tension over-taking you? What helps to lesson your anxiety and fills you with tranquility?

Lovely Amish-made Quillow.

Lovely Amish-made Quillow.

A pillow that opens to be a 40” X 60” quilt!

A pillow that opens to be a 40” X 60” quilt!

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