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Goal Setting for Stress Relief and Two Awesome Tools to Help

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

It looks like the first task in managing stress is to come up with goals. Other than "not feel so stressed out," not many have come to mind. So I've been thinking, what's one major thing that stresses me out. The first thing that came to mind was disorganization.

See, at the job, I had the magical Outlook calendar which also synched to my phone. I don't have the calendar anymore, but I do have an iPhone. I had to go to the Apple store anyhow to swap my phone out (last week on my 3GS guarantee, so I thought it would be good to get a new battery.) I asked about calendering. Not that I'm endorsing anything, but the iCloud is a very cool thing. I have a desktop calendar through the iCloud where I can easily schedule in appointments, and even send invitations. And all of this is synched through the air to my phone. I never have to be confused about where I am supposed to be, and I don't have to worry about double scheduling, which I've been doing a lot of lately. And I don't even have a Mac. I'm a PC.

So OK, goal one - get organized. Now here is goal two, inspired by a comment from a very wise woman:

If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.

I do need to live more in the "now.' The future is frightening and the past is generally horrifying, so the most peaceful, useful thing i can do is work on today. Thank you, oh wise person!

Goal number three will have to come to me tomorrow. I have to spend more time thinking about what concrete stressors I have, and what I can do to try to fix them. (And if that doesn't work, maybe find another solution.)

Today, I did a lot of running around - met with an employment counselor, had my hair cut and my nails done (always have to look clean in case I've get an interview,) go to the Apple store, which took two hours, and then get Punim's food. A 25-lb bag and no car. Thank goodness the store is so close to the El.

Anyhow, at some point that I realized that I was sooo hungry and needed to eat. Now. It was 2:30 and I had eaten breakfast at 7:30. Since I was nowhere near home, I settled for Potbelly's. You know what? They have their entire nutritional information online and in the store, right on the menu. And on the online version, you can build your sandwich and see the calorie content and such per ingredient so that you end up with a sandwich that meets your taste AND diet.

I think I'm learning that fast food doesn't have to suck. I still prefer my own cooking, but in a pinch, there are places that DO care about nutrition. I love it that there are places that don't offer "mystery meals."

Now to get off the computer. I'm exhausted but overstimulated by the thing.
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    Organization sounds like a great beginning goal - because it gives you something you have control over, your time, your activities in the now and immediate future.

    Similarly, living in the now gives you control - you are doing what you can do with where you are and what you have, and through that building a foundation for what you will do in the future.

    Looking forward to hearing your third goal!

    (And hooray for a nice little bonus workout carrying Punim's food!)
    2223 days ago
    Sound like a great day! Count carrying the dog food as your "strength training" for the day! emoticon I know what it's like to carry the big bag - that certainly more difficult than any weight.

    I'm glad you are staying positive about the job hunt. Keeping prepared for an interview at any time is a great way to just "know" something is going to break. Not to mention, getting hair and nails done is some terrific "me" time.

    I've never been to Potbelly's. Now I will have to try it!

    Great work! emoticon

    2224 days ago
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