Peace in the middle of chaos

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Had an interesting experience today. It was another long crazy day at work because of helping a client out a crisis situation. Spent almost 2 hours on the phone making arrangements after I was technically done. Had to get some groceries and then drive the 45 minutes back home.

Amongst it all, i realized something was different about today. Despite the different things I dealt with at work which I'm used to, but still cause stress because of the nature of my work and the emotionality of the people I am dealing with - despite all that, I realized I wasn't stressed out as I would normally be, particularly after working overtime. I was very calm.

Once upon a time, in this kind of a day, I would typically get so stressed it was hard to sleep. Before today, I was stressed but would calm down if I got a chance to talk to someone, especially my boyfriend, and then would spend the night focusing on distracting myself from the stress but sleep sometimes wasn't easy.

Today, there wasn't any of that. I'm still concerned about my client's situation, but it hasn't affected my emotional state, my core, whatever you want to call it. I'm going to chalk it up to my regular meditation and focus on balanced living and thinking. Maybe that's not the case but I know it at least contributes greatly to it. I tend to be an emotional person so it's a weird idea to get used to - me being this serene amidst all I faced today (and know I will face the rest of the work week). It's definitely sparked more motivation on my part to continue my healthy living actions :) You hear about the benefits of doing these things but until you really experience it, it's hard to really grasp the full magnitude of what it means.

Even before the crazy things that happened today I noticed yesterday and early today that I was motivated to exercise and eat healthy as well. My past habit was to eat sugary foods when I had a stressful day. Today I knew it wouldn't help me though and I chose a way to meet both needs - making scrambled eggs and had whole wheat toast with honey for something healthy but sweet. I was proud of myself for doing the right choice. More amazingly though it just was so easy this time.

Here's to a continuing path of healthy living for us all!!!! emoticon
I know I'm going to be more motivated to push on even in my down times having had a day like today to think back to is reason enough for me to keep going.
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