Stress Line

Followers of my blog have heard me speak of my journeys to my little cabin in the woods (lcitw). My lcitw is a retreat located in a northern region of the dairy state. This is where I go to escape from the rigors of daily life. The journey to this escape takes multiple hours via automobile.

On one of our excursions I heard my husband announce that we had just crossed the, “Stress Line.” Being absorbed in my journaling I was not currently aware of our surroundings. Curious why he had said that I glanced up from my spiral notebook to take note of our location. Even after finding my bearings the meaning of his phrase did not ring a bell.

Out of curiosity I asked him to explain. With a smile on his face he shared his thoughts. “Stress Line” was the term people used to describe the geographical location, on our long journey, where the stress accompanied by daily routines is left behind. It is at that pinpoint on the map when relaxation begins to overtake/overcome tense muscles and clenched jaws and replaces them with smiles and a sense of relaxation.


His explanation was not at all what I had expected. Stress line for me conjures up images of earthquake fault lines or stress fractures. I had never thought of using those two words in that context. The usage made complete sense after he explained it.

Now every time I cross that line I think of those two words and remember that moment in my life with a smile and a chuckle.

Do you have a stress line? If so, where is it?


14 thoughts on “Stress Line

  1. I just found this great post not sure how I missed it. My stress line is when I am on a road trip and we are around 50 miles away from home, any life stress starts melting.

    1. Tierney, I think that is awesome! 😊

  2. I know exactly what he meant. For me, it was always a time, as well as the place. The first day we could leave home, drive into the Rockies and park the 5th wheel, knowing there were days or weeks ahead to just breathe in the mountain air and do whatever was appealing to us. You are blessed to have that periodic retreat in your life.

    1. I am indeed blessed in more ways that I can count. Having the opportunity to getaway in your fifth wheel to relax and enjoy is a wonderful way for you to recharge, to find peace. I am so glad that you have had that opportunity! Thank you for sharing your story! 😊

  3. That sounds like an awesome definition for that phrase:) I need to find one!

    1. AJ, Everyone should have one. Maybe yours is when you leave work? 😊

      1. Lol or maybe it’s when I pick up my needles:)

      2. AJ, Oh I bet. Sounds like a plan. ❤️

      3. I will be there soon!

      4. Yay! 😊

  4. What a sweet story! I love how husbands add a smile and new perspective to life ❤️

    1. Tracy, Thank you! They certainly do add a different perspective. 😁

  5. Hi Cindy,
    That is so funny – I never thought of fault line at all! Wouldn’t it be fun to see if you can move the stress line closer to your home, and at some point get it to the end of your driveway? No stress at all since you know your destination is lcitw?! Now that would be COOL, and I think I challenge you for next year. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Roseanne, Yes it would. Great idea! Would be a good practice for all of us. 😊 Cindy