Friday, November 13, 2009
Let's talk about stress
I don't like to complain.
Okay, so yes, I do like to complain. I've been developing that skill over a lifetime and I'm now so good at it that if it were ever an Olympic sport, I'd take gold. Hands down.
But today, I'm not complaining. Today, I'm asking questions.
Do you carry around a load of worry?
Are you aware of it?
Do you know if you're coping well or if you're simply ignoring the issue? How do you tell the difference? Does it matter?
I've had some stress lately. Actually, I've had lots of stress, but I'm thinking about one particular stressor right now. I knew I was worried. I knew I was stressed but I didn't consciously experience this as a huge burden. It didn't consume my thoughts or make me feel sad all the time. I went about my day, doing what needed to be done. I thought I was coping fairly well.
Yesterday, the majority of that particular stress item was lifted. The big, bad, worst case scenario did not happen. In fact, it was the most positive of possible outcomes, given the situation.
But then I came home, plopped down on my bed and didn't get up again, except to eat or, well, you know. I slept like a dead log all night long until after 7:00 a.m. I don't think I even rolled over. Today, I'm still exhausted. I feel like I have a hangover. (Not that I would know what that feels like. I'm not admitting to anything.)
Then this morning, when I got on my Wii (first time in awhile), it told me I'd gained 8 pounds this past month. (Yes, I'm an emotional eater.)
So apparently, I haven't handled the stress as well as I thought I had. So again, I ask:
How do you know if you're coping well or if you're simply ignoring the issue?
What are the signs that you're coping?
And what do you do to help you cope in a healthy way? (Besides eating chocolate.)
Now playing on my iPod: Don't Worry About a Thing by SheDaisy (I love this song)