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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Losing Yourself in Stress

Okay, I'll spare you more details about how stressful the beginning of the school year is, and I'll instead focus on strategies for overcoming stress.

I know, I know. I've talked a lot about this issue here and here (and some other places that I can't locate right now).

I'm talking about it again because it's not something you can simply achieve and then move on. De-stressing yourself is a constant process and commitment.

Fortunately, I have been doing an excellent job of de-stressing through running (four times a week for 30 minutes!) and yoga (5-15 minutes about three times a week). I've also been consciously trying to increase my water intake (it's hard to go to the bathroom when you teach 21 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders!). Matt and I have also been getting about 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Finally, I enrolled in a Spanish class to feed my need to learn new things.

But now I need to resume my hobbies. I am seriously working all the time. I wake up at 5:30am and am ready by 6:00. I work on my computer until 6:45. Then I go to school and work for another 45 minutes before the kids arrive. School is over at 3:30, but I usually don't get home until 5pm. Then I try to do yoga and study Spanish. When Matt gets home, we cook or eat out. From 8:00-9:30, I work some more before it's time for bed.

No time for hobbies!

So, my de-stressing goal for the week is to pursue one of my hobbies: Sewing!

I think I'm going to try and make this shirt.

Wish me luck!

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megan said...

very cute! good luck!

we just moved into our new house (yay!) but it is still in transition mode (not yay!). my office is set up, with my sewing machine and an unfinished quilt sitting there. i look longingly at it everytime i go in the room, but school and work and unpacking takes precidence. sigh. one of these days...

Audrey said...

Wonderful! Have you checked out The Purl Bee at http://www.purlbee.com/? They are always inspiring me.

Plus Size Bride said...

I've been stressout myself lately so I started a quilt.

turtlebird said...

How timely is THIS post? I just wrote about my stressed out self today on turtlebirdblog. I'm off to read your back posts about stress management. Yay!!

kate said...

I wish you luck and peace. I, too, have piled up stress and let my to-do list and and work needs and world needs take over my me-needs. So I was also resolving to take care of myself just as I read this. Good luck, good luck, good luck!

Princess Christy said...

It seems to be the beginning of the school year syndrome - I have the same problem. It usually goes away for me about November!

Liz said...

Good luck with the de-stressing! Getting on a schedule works for me, only I loathe schedules, so I never stick to them. Ah well.

Mia said...

Good luck with the de-stressing!
Mia who is trying to de-stress herself too... but I'm working all the time (in order to do the maximum of my to-do and to be de-stressed)... and then I'm exhausted... :-(

Rachael Eisner said...

Stress. Oh how I loathe thee. Seriously. It is a horrible thing. But it does make us a little stronger. Just don't let yourself become a walking to do list by adding your fun things to the list!

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