Thursday, April 25, 2013
Today was a rather stressful day. It won't be the last one over the next month or so, as I have procrastinated on a work-related project that can't be procrasted on any further (I totally made up the word procrasted).
The husband always says there's no sense worrying over something that you have no control over. It is what it is. But tell that to a lifelong professional worrier! I am the same chick who wastes gas in the vehicle rushing back home because I thought I might have forgotten to turn off the coffeepot; only to find that I did indeed turn it off and was freaking out over nothing.
In fact, one of the hubby's oft-said phrases is, "See? I told you there was nothing to worry about!"
I firmly believe the scientific findings that worrying and stress causes weight gain and prevents weight loss. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. When we are under stress our body senses that there's a threat. Since it can't tell the difference between a physical threat and old-fashioned worrying, it assumes it must be a physical threat and goes into self-preservation mode.
I know what that means: self-preservation all over my backside and thighs!
I can see myself looking at my body in the mirror and saying, "Yep, there's my boss. There's the car payment. And that bulge right there is my mother-in-law,"
Sometimes the only way to escape the daily stress it to paint it in a funny light and laugh at it. I know reducing stress isn't a wonder solution to fat loss, but has to help at least a little.
My biggest stress reducer is exercise. No one ever says after a workout, "Man, I wish I hadn't done that!"
I'm more like, "Hello, my name is Vickie, and I'm an endorphins addict."
If there's one thing that depression has taught me, it's 'Progress Not Perfection'. Running around like a chicken with its head cut off is only going to make me feel crazier. I do what I can and try to enjoy as much of my day as possible.
So are there any other chronic worriers? What do you do to help you relax?