This evening I was looking over my calendar for the next few months - it is quite full!! Between my personal life commitments and my professional life travel and/or after-hours events there are exactly 4 days with nothing written in between now and January 6! Here are my "free" days: tomorrow, Nov. 20, Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.
Some of the things that are planned will be very enjoyable, but at the end of this long day, I am rather discouraged by how much is still on the agenda...
I am in some serious need of stress-busting strategies!
At work we have been working on budgeting. Today we met through lunch, so a meal was provided - hamburgers, onion rings and a cup of fruit salad... I know interesting combo! The meal started fine. I ate the hamburger plain - skipped on the mayo and cheese and divided the onion rings on my plate so that 4 of them were separated from the pile and I intended to eat the 4 and leave the rest on the plate. I pushed the plate away when I had finished the fruit salad, about 2/3 of the hamburger and the 4 onion rings.
, right? Victory you might say... but it didn't stay that way!
Unfortunately the meeting got rather heated. In an effort to keep my mouth shut,
I started grabbing onion rings... by the end of the meeting there were only 4 left on the plate - there were probably about 20 to start with so I was kind of disgusted with myself when I realized what I had done.
That definitely wouldn't qualify as a good response to stress, and it definitely broke my streak for the month of only eating when hungry! Grrr.... At least the rest of my food today was nutritious and well portioned, so I will count that as a victory! I didn't let one bad meal blow the day!
After meetings like the one we had today, I like to take walks to calm myself down but today the weather was not cooperating. I compensated for my disappointment by pacing around my office while reading some materials to prepare for meetings later this week. I even got some squats and lunges in while I was at it. Not an intense workout but much better than sitting at my desk!!
And writing this blog was a stress relief, too - I am definitely feeling more peaceful now than I was when I started!
Now for some ST
and then bed!!
Any stress-busting suggestions you have would be be greatly appreciated!!