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Sunday, June 03, 2012

I'm not very good at dealing with stress. We all have stress. You can't get away from it. The key is dealing with it, I guess, and I just don't know how to feel less stressed.

My back was really bothering me all week. Sciatica and general lower back pain. My husband thinks it's stress. It's my rest week during NROL so I know it's not from exercise. Honestly, I think I'm sitting too much. Most of my time at work (4 hours per day) is sitting and then I come home and sit on the couch and study.

I'm studying like crazy. I even dreamed I was studying the other night! I told myself I'd take off Memorial weekend, but I ended up taking a chapter exam Saturday morning and I started reading the next chapter Monday evening, so I really only took off one day.

I'm really happy with my progress through the course, but after having such bad pain all week, I thought I'd take the whole weekend off, for real this time. I can't say it's improved my back pain, but I do feel less stressed.

I'm one of those all-or-nothing types, whether it's with fitness or studying or whatever. It's hard for me to take time off, to not study during free time right now. I really need to work on balance, though. I need some time off for just relaxing, too.

Any stress relief tips?

I'm such a goal-oriented person that even when I think about playing a game on my laptop, I keep thinking about achievements or high scores. I can't just play for fun, it seems. This was part of my resolution for 2012 - to stop looking for goals but to enjoy the moment. It sure is tough for me!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Sorry that you are dealing with stress right now. We all go through it at some point. I thought that I was the Queen of Stress. I'll be the first to admit that most of my stress is self-induced. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to putting the pressure on. "I have to do this. I have to get this much done. I have to go this far. ETC."

I have found that I must give myself permission to do less. I must quiet that crazy woman down with some meditation and perhaps a nice stroll along a stream. I love a hike to the top of a mountain. Nature relaxes me. But I sometimes have to give my self permission to relax. Concentrate on the present moment and make that moment a peaceful one.

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