Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Today I joined the Official Stress Busting Challenge, which is a challenge created by SparkPeople to help reduce stress and to find effective ways to deal with it when it does occur.
I am chronically stressed. I'm not joking. Even when I have no reason to be stressed out, I usually am. I've been trying to figure out what causes it: maybe it's something I've learned growing up (my mother is often stressed out), maybe it's just my personality. Maybe it's because of the fact that I'm also a bit of control freak and like to feel in control of everything (which rarely actually happens, and which ends up causing a lot of stress).
As a part of the action steps of Week 1, I took the SparkPeople Stress Test. When I was taking it, I realized exactly how pointless my stress is. THERE IS NO REAL REASON FOR MY STRESS and yet I don't seem to be able to shake it. The result of the test was: "You may have some vulnerability towards stress."
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Based on the answers given, I should be relatively stress-free. Then why am I so stressed out? Here are a few examples of the questions in the test: Are you eating at least one balanced, hot meal a day? (yes), Do you smoke? (never), Do you drink alcohol? (no/very rarely), Do you drink caffeinated drinks? (never), Do you take some time every day just for yourself? (yes), Do you do something fun each week? (yes)...
Seriously. This is crazy. I'm a college student with a fairly easy schedule, I have lots of time for myself, I don't have kids or a big house to take care of, I don't have a job, I have enough money, I'm in a wonderful, loving relationship, I have a few close friends, I'm getting healthier and fitter every day, I'm not abusing alcohol... What is going on here? I really hope to figure that out over the course of this challenge!
My theory is that my stress has a lot to do with a) my need to be in control (I'm a list-writer and a compulsive planner: I need to write things down and plan them out very carefully but I rarely follow through - which obviously causes stress), b) the lack of structure in my daily life and c) my poor time management skills, the never ending procrastinating and the fact that I'm a bit lazy and poorly organized. That's so ironic, actually! To be a control freak who is poorly organized!!
Anyway. I really hope to tackle these issues in 2013 and find ways to manage my stress and enjoy my life as it is - because it is, despite everything, pretty wonderful at the moment :)