Oh, the stress.......
Thursday, February 10, 2011
I decided it was time for me to join a team called "Stressed Busting Challenge." I sometimes joke that stress is my middle name. I am trying to remember when I did not feel stressed. Well, it must have been during my childhood. Now, I have to deal with stress on daily basis.
Don't you just wish sometimes that you could flip a switch and all would be just fine? There are so many days that I wish just that. Sometimes the stress feels too overwhelming and sometimes just never-ending. For years I have been trying to deal with my stress. I know all the negative aspects of stress. I know the serious health consequences of prolonged stress, and yet I am still fighting it. How do you ever stop stressing? Just when things start finally going fine, something happens and it sends me into the fight or flight reaction.
If you could visit me, you would see numerous relaxation cds, books on stress reduction, meditation cds, and many candles. See, I am trying, really trying to relax. I use all the above tools, but nothing seems to bring a permanent and lasting effect. I have not mentioned one (and in my opinion the best) tool which is exercising. When I walk and listen to my ipod, I am in a different world. I forget about my worries and stressors. I have not been able lately to do any walking outside. The weather in the New England region has been truly miserable. I do some videos or go walking around the mall, but that does not bring the same level of relaxation as a walk outside.
I am grateful for this challenge as I need to work on dealing with my stress better. At the end of the 4-week program I am hoping to learn enough strategies for dealing with stress. One of the strategies is writing a blog. I have found in the past that "venting" via blog is relaxing and helps me to clear my head. I am sure I will be back since I need to make at least 3 postings. That's great!!! I am one step closer to stress less life.