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Friday, October 3, 2008

When Stress Starts to Blow You Away

Sorry I’ve been pretty blog-silent this week. I’ve had a lot going on, and I’ve had to deprioritize blogging. (Long story, short: I was away on educational consulting gigs three out of four weekends last month. The fourth weekend I was away from Matt because I was visiting my best friend in Florida. And plus there was the hurricane that stripped us of power and internet access for two weeks and added additional items to our to-do list. Plus there was our dog’s accident. Because of all of this, I wasn’t able to adequately prepare for my consulting visit to New York this Saturday, so I had to spend the past few days playing serious catch-up.)

But blogging is something I really enjoy. It gives me an outlet for all the stuff swirling around in my head, and I get to compartmentalize it into neat categories and buckets. Plus, I get to interact with people from all over the world.

But isn’t that the very nature of stress? When you start to get stressed, you start to let go of things that are “important but not urgent” as Stephen Covey likes to say. For me, the important but not urgent stuff I start to let go of includes:

  1. Exercise
  2. Talking to friends and family
  3. Spending quality time with my partner
  4. Doing thoughtful things for my family and friends
  5. Taking the time to prepare healthy meals
  6. Picking up around the house

The Catch-22 is that the things I start to let go of when I’m stressed are actually the exact things I need in my life to help me manage my stress! Argh!

So I’m going to make a resolution to fight to keep these things in my life, even when Stress attacks. I may have to do them a little less in order to fit in everything, but I still need to do them.

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