Workout Evaporated My Stress
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
If you remember yesterday, I talked about how I was so stressed out at work that I hyperventilated. Well, it was an interesting learning experience for me because it got to the point where I was so bothered by the stress level that I realized: My stress is now hindering me, instead of driving me. So I decided it was time to go home.
The other interesting aspect of this is that I literally felt like I would explode if I didn't do something active right away. So, I sped home, changed into my workout clothes and disappeared from the house before anyone could even notice that I was home. I then took a high speed walk on the trail near our house, even with the prospect of rain at any minute. I walked the ENTIRE trail. It was a total of 4 miles.
When I got home, I didn't feel too much better. Just starving and frustrated. But, about half an hour later, it was as if my workout finally "settled" at the same time my dinner settled in my tummy. And I felt complete and total calm.
My sleep last night was AMAZING and I woke up today feeling calm and serene. I put in 12 hours at the office today. Didn't freak out once. Got my e-mail load down from 104 messages to about 40, all within the past 48 hours (which is where we are supposed to be at all times). And I answered about 15 voicemail messages. I still have a bit more digging to do to feel completely caught up, but I made INCREDIBLE progress today. And didn't blow up one time in anger or frustration.
Wow. This week has been such a learning experience for me. And I'm so thankful!