Stop the bus! – You know that old saying that God doesn’t give you more than you can handle? I think I’m his new testing ground. Not only has this year been stressful with people dropping dead from an illness we hadn’t heard of a year ago and a bizarre election, but it seems to continue to throw stressful monkey wrenches at every bend. We’ve had some huge medical crap (technical term) going on along with a few other things. Nothing is fatal and no one is going to die but that doesn’t stop the stress from piling on. This morning I woke up an extra hour early with an unknown fear surrounding me. It was like an omen of impending doom. It took two Starbucks mochas to calm it down. I put them on God’s account! I wonder what he does with his reward points.
Speaking of which – I talked to my neighbor this morning. He walks his dog early so I usually see him on my way to Starbucks. We exchanged some pleasantries and it was like a bit of Xanax. It reminded me that the stress we feel is from not having our support groups readily available. He’s not part of my support group but any port in a storm.
Wam Bam it’s here! – After a mostly warmer than usual fall, we are starting to get colder temperatures. On the one hand it’s nice to bring out the fleece and fluffy sweatshirts. On the other hand, I like the warm. Seasons don’t care what I like.
I’m not a procrastinator but – Today I have some serious paperwork to do and I’m having trouble getting focused. I blame it on stress. I already know that when it’s done and I have a plan in place, it will relieve some of the stress but that knowledge isn’t enough to help me focus. Catch 22.
Saved by my Fitbit – Ok, people mock me because I’m one of those. That Fitbit on my wrist dictates that I walk 250 steps each hour for nine hours straight and if I’m with people when the alarm goes off I get up and walk. I also walk at least 10,000 steps in a day. All of this is easily doable. A normal day that includes a half-hour walk will give me my steps needed to see the fireworks explode on my watch. One thing I have learned is that walking, and I mean regular walking, does help. If I get all bound up in “what ifs” a good walk will calm it all down. No medication necessary although a mocha latte or margarita (depending on the time of day) will also help. Deep breaths, positive images, purring cats are all good too.
How was your week? How are you doing managing stress this year?