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- Are You Stressed? I’m stressed. ARE YOU STRESSED!?…are you stressed now? - December 7, 2016
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Choose to Cook is about health.
Getting healthy and staying healthy.
Diet and exercise and family. All MAJOR factors in being healthy.
But it doesn’t matter how well I eat or how much running around I do, stress is the one thing that always takes me down a peg or two.
Are You Stressed?
Sometimes I don’t even realize that stress is what’s the matter with me.
It’s not until I go on a two hour rant to my sister, (who is the happiest, most positive person I’ve ever, and probably will ever know) that I realize that I am stressed right outta my tree!
- I have all the regular stuff like kids and bills. Lots of kids and lots of bills.
- I work weird hours for minimum wage, with a supervisor who is younger than my kid.
- I’ve got plants and pets that depend on me. I have a kitten right now that I have to bottle feed every few hours
- I have batshit crazy neighbors.
- I don’t sleep right.
- Etc. etc. etc.
Plus, my hubby has been laid off from work for over a month.
Top all that off with Christmas coming up real fast.
I’m Stressed. But I Deal With It.
The first thing I gotta remember, before I start sobbing like a little kid who can’t have a cookie is…breathe!
I had to be reminded the other day while I was ranting. Breathe deep and exhale fully. I even tell myself in my head…
“breathe in, breathe out.”
This always gives me a temporary escape from reality and let’s me calm down to a more human level.
Hugs. When I feel myself about to hit full rage, I take a breathe and go to my kids or my dog and give a good long hug. The kids squeeze back and the dog nuzzles her nose into my neck. It’s so comforting that I almost instantly relax.
Laugh. If I start yelling and getting anxious, (usually about something really ridiculous) the dog will slip on the hardwood or one of the kids will say something totally bizarre and I break out into a weird hysterical laughter. Right away my heart rate slows and I no longer care that there is a toilet paper roll in the fridge.
Find a hobby. I don’t have a lot of time for hobbies, but I found that if I’m doing something by myself in a tidy room, I feel better.
Lately I’ve been trying different things to get me to my happy place.
I’ve picked up sewing a bit…blankets actually, for other people. Making something that someone else can use to cuddle and keep warm makes me happy.
Photography has always been a go-to for me. I don’t have the time to really go out into the world and take breathtaking photos of wild animals or whatever current events are happening. But I’ve got an entertaining full house and a yard. Seeing something normal in a photograph gives it a new perspective to me. And it gives me something to focus on.
If I’m real worked up, I grab some tea and put a chair in front of a fish tank. Fish are always moving and seemingly so carefree. Just swimming and playing. I go into kind of a trance.
…are you stressed now?
Everybody has stress, it can build up and explode all over the place at the worst possible time… But, if you can feel like you’re about to get overwhelmed, try and take a time out for you. If you’re like me, that’s super difficult. I’ve noticed that even taking a 5 minute hot shower works.
Find something for you, something that you love, and do it. You only need a few minutes at a time and it makes a world of difference.
For me sometimes it’s the difference between getting a hug or being thrown in the looney bin.
Instead of getting wrapped in a straight jacket, try your favorite blankie and a few deep breaths.