Friday, March 1, 2013

A Week of Stress

First, an update. The job interview went well. I felt like the interviewer and I clicked. It was  comfortable chatting with her. She said she thought I'd be a good fit in their office and would get a call back for the second round of interviews. So, my fingers are crossed. Of course, I'm sending out another resume today. I don't like to count my chickens before they're hatched.

That brings me to the rest of the week. It's been incredibly stressful for various reasons. Not only that, but it's been a busy one, which means I haven't had time to do the things I normally do to help me de-stress, like run or go for a long walk. 

I was all set to run on Wednesday, but the kids ended up having a two-hour delay due to a lovely freezing rain/snow mix we got overnight. A two-hour delay meant I couldn't take my little guy to preschool. That and the ice meant I couldn't run. So, that was that.

By yesterday, I was jumping out of my skin to try to get some exercise and I still had no time to run. I can't take my five-year-old out in the jogging stroller because the weather is too rotten and I don't like to run like that anyway. I seem to have a lot of excuses! 

To top it all off, when I'm stressed, I can't eat. I really can't. I try, but it gets hard to choke down food, no matter what it is. I can't even drown my sorrows in wine, which I suppose is a good thing. I like to have a glass of wine to relax, when I'm happy, but I can't fathom drinking any when I'm stressed. It doesn't appeal to me. I can barely choke down water. I suppose I'm thankful I'm not the kind of person who gobbles down gallons of ice cream in times of stress.

So, by Wednesday, I had a heck of a stomachache. I had to force some food down. It helped. I've been trying to eat regular meals since then and it's helped quite a bit.

Today, I finally got to go running for the first time all week!  It felt great. It was a short run, but it did so much good. I felt strong and was able to put some things in perspective. I can't wait to go again tomorrow! 

So, how do you deal with stress? Exercise? Ice Cream? Sleep? Hard liquor? Denial?


  1. Prayer. Reading. I have been reading about Alzheimer's which my husband has and finishing a counseling paper on the self-discipline of a caregiver. I am very encouraged that I can bump-up my caregiving.

    Eating has been a poor way for me to deal with stress and having lost weight through Weight Watchers I want to continue to take off some more weight in 2013. Often I do not write down my points and take this opportunity as seriouosly as I might, but at least I am not packing back on the pounds and am fitting into clothes again.

    I am not good at walking lately as my walking buddy hasn't come through.

    Seeing a better home and yard helps with my stress. Getting little things done. You taught me about lists, Barb, which discipline I finally are using.

    We are going to a concert tonight. It may be cold, but we are wearing our cowboy hats and I am brining an extra blanket.

    Hugs and prayers,

    1. Thanks, Carol. It's hard to get through stress, isn't it? I'm glad I've turned you into a list maker - lol! Enjoy your concert!

  2. I do journal writing and listening to music to cope with stress. I used to be a smoker and binge eater, but hope I have got those ways I coped with stress behind me. Also, many years ago was a drinker of way too many glasses of wine and it was a hindrance to me and just made stress worse. Thanks for sharing about your week and hope your 2nd interview goes well.

    1. Thanks, Laura. I journal and listen to music, too. Right now, I seem to be gravitating towards a bunch of country songs on YouTube. Not my usual genre, but it's clicking with me today. :)

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