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Stress Ugh!

You ever have one of those days (Or a few in a row) where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves? Where the guy sitting next to you on the bus is blinking too loudly? Where the person in the car next to you in traffic is a jerk just because they are?

We are all trying to juggle so much these days. Some of us have kids, jobs, housework, extra curricular activities that the kids need to be taken to and from, playdates, and God forbid we try and schedule some time to hang out with other adults.

Everything seems to have a deadline and the deadline seems to be impossibly short. We all wind up driving ourselves crazy and then we just can’t deal with anything or anyone.

That’s when we need to take a step back and just be.

Give yourself 5 minutes to drink a cup of coffee alone. Even if you have to park your car behind the dumpster at the convenience store to do it. Take a walk or put your phone on silent and play a quick round of Trivia Crack in the bathroom at work.

I’ve been feeling uber stressed the last few days. Not sure if it’s because of the weather being so gloomy, because of how busy things are with the end of the school year or because of task lists and deadlines I’m giving to myself in my business that may be a bit more than I can chew at this moment. I just kept moving forward and trying to get stuff done even though I have a short fuse and feel like things are piling up. Someone sent me a video of a contestant on America’s Got Talent. I watched it and had a complete breakdown. That’s how I knew I had pushed myself too far. Sure the kid’s story was emotional, but it did not warrant the reaction I had.

If you have little kids, when they nap read a book, or take a nap yourself. Or do some stretches and get the blood flowing. The dishes will still be there later and you’re going to make more anyway. Your sanity is more important!

I know we all have times when the forces of the universe won’t let this happen. There are real deadlines that you have to meet or else you’ll get fired and there are days when kids won’t nap and you are going to go crazy. That’s when you can grab a pillow and just scream until you’re out of screams.

Just find a healthy way to let the stress out before you wind up smashing someone with a cart in the store because they took the last Honeycrisp apple and you have to get Gala instead. There is no shame in taking a step back and breathing deeply to reset. We all have to sometimes. Love yourself enough to recognize when you have reached your limit, and allow yourself a few minutes to get it together.

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