Monday, June 28, 2010
I was pondering today the amount of stress in my life. It pales in comparison to when I commuted 2+ hours a day and worked 10 hours a day while having a child but it's still there. I don't even realize I am until I lose my patience or start snapping at my husband. If you look at the symptoms of stress, I have most of them and I didn't even realize that until I looked it up today. I found this chart which gives all of the symptoms: http://duniapsikologi.dagdigdug.com/files/2009/04/sept3_tgl_03908stres.jpg
Over the years I've developed a few strategies for dealing with stress that work wonders for me. I take the kids down to the lake, I read a book, I treat myself to something, I clean the house, I bake, I eat something really healthy, I go for a little walk and sometimes I eat chocolate (although eating chocolate is the least effective as it's affects are only short term - approximately the lenght of time it takes me to eat it). Doing these things don't take away the things that are making me stressed - but they do make me feel better. Tonight I'm looking forward to reading a book and forgetting that my house is on the market, that I have bills to pay and that I have to get up so early tomorrow. How do you deal with stress at home or at work?