9/19/10 Stress Busters--Week 1
Sunday, September 19, 2010
I just joined the Stress Busters SparkTeam. I was excited to find it....I didn't know there was one! It is a month-long challenge to help you reduce your stress (which I desperately need!) and you get a special trophy at the end of the challenge for completeing it. This is my first day. I am supposed to begin a stress journal, so I decided to incorporate it into my blog.
I have identified my main characteristic that leads to stress. It is characteristic #5 in the article "10 High-Stress Personality Characteristics":
Inability to relax without feeling guilty. Do your weekends become opportunities
for “accomplishment” and “getting something done.”
YES THEY DO! I feel so guilty when I take time to relax or go out and have fun because I am so busy all the time I feel like I need every second to devote to getting things done. I work a lot of weird hours, so when I get home, I just want to relax, but I cannot do so without a nagging feeling in the back of my mind about the homework or laundry I should be doing. I don't really ever let myself do anything just for fun, like reading a book (besides a textbook), going shopping, or even going out and getting exercise because I feel like that needs to be homework time, since it is hard to squeeze in homework with my all-over-the-place work schedule. Time-management is a big issue for me, and it always has been. I would love to be able to overcome this and not feel guilty for taking a little "me" time. I hope this challenge will help me accomplish that!