Stress And How To Combat It

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It’s been a month since I’ve written my last blog post. It’s been a month since I’ve written much of anything. Life has been a whirlwind of activity the last few months. The desire to write is there but my brain is on overload and nothing is coming out creatively. 

Six months ago I had a calcium score test done and my doctor put me on a low dosage of Lipitor after we got the results. The test results weren’t terrible but weren’t what they should be at my age so combined with some symptoms I’ve had, we decided to try the medicine. Just had follow-up blood work done and my cholesterol is down so that’s good.

Stress and Health

I’ve realized this week though that it’s a little ridiculous that I’m taking this medicine to lower my heart attack risk but living my life completely stressed out. I have always been a person that thrives on a bit of chaos. Juggling a dozen things at once is normal for me. The last few days though, it’s really hit me that I am WAY stressed out. I’m exhausted one day, not sleeping the next, waking up in the middle of the night worrying about work and life, drinking way too much caffeine, working way too many hours, not eating healthy, not going to the gym or getting any type of exercise.

Work is insane right now. Partly because it’s a crazy busy time of the year, partly because of IT issues we had (I think that’s fixed now), crazy wind storms that hit when we were already short-handed, and deadlines that are really hard to meet in the midst of all this. The good news is we’ve arranged for some summer help to get me caught up but I’ve got two more weeks to muddle through until then. Fortunately, I really do like my job but for someone that has way too many Type-A tendencies, it’s tough feeling like you can never get ahead.

It’s not just work though. Frustration over figuring out life plans also has me stressed. One week I want to move, the next I realize it’s smarter to stay put since it’s a terrible time to buy anything right now. I want to travel more while I can so maybe I should stay put instead of paying more for a newer place. Maybe I should just remodel my current place, maybe I should start dating again, maybe I should look for a whole new career, or maybe I should stay put so I can get some of these student loans paid off through PSLF. And why am I thinking about dating again while I’m crazy stressed about my weight, shouldn’t I focus on that first?? LOL, this is my crazy mind right now.

Stress Relief

So now that I’m fully aware of my crazy stressed out state, what am I going to do about it?

  • More water and less caffeine. 
    The good news is that I am pretty much off the diet coke. The bad news is that I’ve replaced that with sweet tea and chai lattes or Frappuccinos. One good thing about the 75 Medium challenge is that I was drinking a lot more water on a daily basis. I’ve already started back to drinking 32 ozs of water before I drink anything else first thing in the morning.
  • Exercise. I’m going to force myself to work out for 30 minutes a day at least 3 times a week. No excuses. My gym is open 24 hours a day so I can’t let my work schedule be an excuse. I always feel better after a workout.
  •   More sleep. I went to bed at 10pm the other night and it was really good for me. I know, I know, I’m writing this at 11pm at night. I’ve got to get more sleep.
  • Find some stress-reduction practices. Meditation? Yoga? I know that those apps that have people chanting at you stress me out, so that’s out though, lol. The HydroBeds at my gym are also a stress buster for me so that’s another incentive to hit up the gym if I can finish up with that.
  • More down time. 
    I’m pretty good at me-time. I always schedule time at the bookstore or library or to read each week. I’ve had some extra family and friends time lately too but I think I’m going to hit up the movie theater soon and some find time for some other activities I enjoy that I haven’t taken time for lately.

Just a Season…

The good news is that I know this is just a season in my life. I tend to run myself down and I slow down eventually when I realize it. That’s where I am now. I just need to be better about realizing it before I get to the “stressed to the max” stage. 

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