Stress, like change, is a fact of life. Although ordinarily we are not placed in a life or death situation, being stressed causes feelings of anxiety, pressure, or worry. When these feelings build up over time they can cause physical, mental and emotional problems. Even positive events cause stress, such as a job promotion, marriage or having a baby. Our modern life causes daily stress if we allow it or, worse yet, we increase it by our negative attitudes.
Writing The Transformation Journey, both during the holidays and while my husband was home recovering from surgery, caused me stress. It was self-imposed. I set a deadline for launching my product and, by damn, it was going to get launched. I’m my own boss and I have assumptions about what I need to accomplish in order to maintain a sense of self-worth, especially since I’m not yet earning an income. Even though I view starting my own business as a really good thing, there are challenges. Having quit my day job, I am now mentally increasing the importance of the goals I set and achieve.
At the same time I’m having to learn to pace myself. I have found it necessary to build some self-care into my day. At first I didn’t have a clue how to balance my day and became “obsessed” according to my husband. All I was doing was studying business, planning what I wanted to do and designing my site. I was having trouble finding time to cook, clean or tend our animals. When the holidays hit I stopped doing business and focused on family. It’s February and I’m just now starting to balance household chores with business goals without getting stressed out about it.
I’ve been meditating more frequently, breathing more deeply and practicing awareness in more moments during the day. At night I’ve been disconnecting from the computer earlier and spending more time writing in my journal. Today I did some art journaling. All of these activities help me feel much less stressed.
How do you manage your stress? What do you like to do to reduce your stress?