There are three ways I can tell I am really stressed out….
1. The Acne family decided to come for a visit. (although – it hasn’t been quite as bad thanks to my Clarsonic!)
2. I am a mega bitch.
3. I am losing weight.
Check, check, and check. Hello stress!
(isn’t her pout face ridiculous?)
Usually, I can attribute my stress to one thing – but lately, it’s just everything. Between long hours of staring at the computer screen at work, shuttling the kids around on the weekends, feeling like I’m not spending ENOUGH time with the kids, staying up waaaay too late at night, trying to squeeze my workouts in, and also trying to find time for my friends is pulling my in a gazillion directions. I’m sure it’s doing the same to my husband too (remember he’s the one who has to tolerate me 24/7!). Stress is running me down — and I’m trying to overcome it, but I think it’s getting the best of me.
SOOOO you might be wondering why — if I’m so stressed –I’m taking the time to blog, or to workout, or to do a 100 million things… you see that’s part of the problem. I LOVE all of the things that are stressing me out. Does anyone else have this issue??
This year has been absolutely NON STOP for me – and while I thought I would experience some kind of summer lull, I haven’t. Summer lull, where are you?
Lucky for you – I’ve decided to put my big girl girl panties on and cope with my stress best I know how: Ramble about it on my blog and hope that I’m not alone.
I’m not 100% sure I can or want to drop anything from my list, but I also don’t want to rush through this time just to get it over and done with. I don’t want life to speed up, just because I can’t slow down. I’m growing little people here and I want to enjoy these smiles, and the hugs, and the “I love you too mommy”s as much as I can.
So instead, I’m squeezing in faster workouts, making quicker (and probably more sodium packed) meals, doing more work from home, watching less TV (except the Olympics – of course), reading less (but still reading) and doing some online shopping…
(testing out these Brooks PureConnect to see how they compare to my Kinvaras — shhhh don’t tell my Sauconys, I got a good deal and yes, Paula, they are purple.)
I’d love to say it’s going to all work out, and I loved every minute of this hustle and bustle — but I think that’s a little unrealistic. I will push on through and try to make my family a priority. I will continue to live a well-rounded life. And I will do a lot of laughing. Because laughing? Is the best coping mechanism there is. (well, and maybe wine, too)
So I leave you with a laugh.
Awwww, maaaan. (if you don’t get this… I’m not sorry. Ha ha.)
How do you deal with the stress?? Funniest video you’ve seen lately? Send it my way (please, I need more laughs).
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