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Feeling stressed - but I know what to do.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

I can feel my body tensing up. There is a small, tender bump on the inside of my lip. It's the start of a canker sore. It is telling me that I'm stressed - something I had been avoiding. I'm moving and leaving my family, my friends and the geography I grew up with, so that I can work. I took a job in a rash decision to end my longterm unemployment and to further my career. But I'm over 30 and I'm just ready to settle down. I want to live with my family.

I'm sure that I will enjoy my new surroundings, but the adjustment will be stressful. The good thing is that I'm a very flexible person. I can make friends with some effort, even though I'm introverted. Each time I have moved far away, I made new friends who expanded my horizons. Moving away from and then returning to my hometown has been good for my soul.

It's just that I thought I was going to settle down in this area, so this move is unexpected. I will miss homecooked meals at my parents' house. I'll miss Friday night dinners with my college friends. I'll miss seeing them buy condos, townhouses, applying for new jobs. Maybe I can try Skyping with them. But there will be a lot I'll miss.

Lately I've focused so much on the upsides of my situation that I have been ignoring the huge negatives. The massive negatives. So here I am. Looking at the upsides and the downsides, and trying to stay balanced, neutral, stronger and healthy. Go away, canker sore, I can handle this with the grace of God. (It's funny how I turn religious whenever I feel alone.)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 2/17/2012 9:22AM

    Hang in there...give yourself a breather now & then from stewing about this, you know, like during a workout? Or relaxing music, deep breathing, meditation...let your unconscious mind weigh in on things.

GL and keep us posted!


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KMCWORKINHARD 2/15/2012 11:45AM

    I'm going to be relocating in the next year also! It will be a huge change and I will miss a lot of things. You'll get through this change, change is always a little freaky.

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ERINMARIE424 2/15/2012 11:18AM

    Good luck to you. I did the same thing myself about seven years ago. It is a difficult transition but hopefully all will work out for the best!

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FERRETLOVER1 2/15/2012 7:41AM

    Try to look at this as a great new opportunity to meet new people. You will do great!!

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RUNCHOOSE 2/15/2012 6:39AM

    Thanks. The canker sore went away. It was helpful to know you all are out there, as Sparkfriends.

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EOWYN2424 2/15/2012 5:43AM

    God bless you! I will pray for you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/14/2012 11:02PM

    Hope all works out for you. All the best.

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