Reduce stress by doing the little things


There are a lot of little things that are after our attention.  Some of them we do quickly and get them over with.  Others are a bigger job and we may wait on them.  For example, mowing my lawn isn’t one of my favorite things to do.  In May and June I get hay fever allergies and mowing grass is a big trigger for them.  As the summer goes on the allergies get much better but mowing is still not something I look forward to.

However I do feel much better after the mowing is done.  The yard looks much better.  The grass is mostly even instead of some thick patches and areas where it was higher than others.  There aren’t tall weeds sticking up in random places.  I get a sense of accomplishment – even knowing the grass will start growing again right away and I’ll have to do it again.

It requires a little planning.   I have to do it when there is enough light and when it’s not raining or the yard it too wet.  I need to have enough time to complete the whole job.  I may need to pick up sticks from the yard and make sure there is enough gas for the mower.

When I need to mow the grass but can’t due to my schedule or the weather, it’s on my mind.  I know it needs to be done.

The same thing is true for a lot of small things in life.  There is a stack of papers I need to read or file or get rid of.  There’s something that needs to be fixed or cleaned or put away.  It’s not all chores and work though.  It can be fun things too.  There are books I want to read, games or apps I want to try, people I want to talk to or spend time with.

Any time I get something done I feel better.  It’s one thing that I don’t see every day and it’s one thing off my list.  In fact sometimes I add it to my list after I’ve done it just so I have the satisfaction of crossing it off.

Needing a massage is similar. Your neck or back or something hurts, or it’s tight, or just keeps you feeling uncomfortable.  When muscles get tight and painful they tend to stay that way until you do something about them.  They may feel a little better eventually but the problem doesn’t go away. Maybe you are dealing with a lot of stress.  It happens to everybody at times.

Knowing that you need to do something to feel better actually makes you feel worse.  Getting a massage will make your muscles feel better and help relieve your stress.  You will then feel better by knowing you are doing something that really needs done.  Make an appointment and check that off your list.  You can find yourself more productive as you feel better.

Now I can cross write a blog post off my list.  I feel better already.

Barry is a licensed Massage Therapist at Main Street Massage in Hudson, Ohio.  Find out more about him, his business, and massage at


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