Yesterday was absolutely craptastic.
It started at 6 am and was nonstop until about 7pm.
Frustration #1 was the Saturday forecast. I wouldn’t normally stress on the weekend but I had a work training & could possibly have loads of ice to drive home on. My 30 minute commute could be exponentially longer, terrifying & unsafe.
Our trainers appeared to take mercy on us & sent us an email the night before letting us know that we would work through lunch & get out early & hopefully avoid any ice.
Only the ice didn’t come. And we really didn’t get any breaks (attending a training on a Saturday from 8:00-4:00 with one 20 min break is brutal!). And we got out LATER than scheduled. And I had arranged to do a group project via Skype that I needed to get home for and would now be late. I had to delay my group & that felt so crappy.
I rushed home & called my group within minutes. I thought we would divide up the project & I could leisurely work on it the next day, Sunday.
Nope. The girls & worked with were determined to get it done. So I spent about 2 hours writing a lesson plan with them. By the end I was starving, exhausted & extremely cranky. To top it off nothing got done (AT ALL) while I was busy, so my house was a disaster. I didn’t have to clean it, my boys got it done, but just coming home to that stresses me out.
Not long ago, I would have been white knuckling, craving alcohol through all that stress. Actually, I probably would have made a drink after an hour into that phone call and finished it buzzed. Didn’t even cross my mind yesterday.
Towards the end of the call hubby left to pick up dinner. We finished our lesson & one of the girls promised to submit all of our work. I instantly felt grateful. I was ecstatic that our work was done and wildly excited for dinner. I knew I had a good chunk of time before the food arrived, and I had been consistently meditating after work this week so that’s where my mind went. I grabbed my journal (for soul writing after meditation) and went downstairs in high spirits.
The rest was great. Meditated, ate delicious food and then we watched a movie. We have another busy day today so we all got to bed at a decent time.
This morning was awesome. Got up at 6:30, chatted with a buddy & then my sister while doing laundry. Had a killer workout on the treadmill, then got ready for a Scout ceremony we are attending today.
I have so much less stress & anxiety when I take care of myself, it’s incredible.
I have a lot to do later. I have to order groceries (I’m thankful to not have to go to the store, but still need to meal plan & organize) and write a paper that’s due tomorrow, but I don’t feel stressed.
What do you do to help you manage stress? Especially when it starts piling on?