Tue, Sep 7, 2010
I laugh that when I shared the title-sentiment with my sister her response was oooh you are so a writer! I love how you phrased that.
Alas, I may be a writer but this is not an example of why or how.
I am quite literally a right angle and have been for a few weeks.
Hence the lack of Look at me! Im running my ass off! Im rocking the Rock n’ Roll half marathon training! posts & the fact Ive seemingly ignored all your kind tweets/emails asking about my training.
I am a right angle.
A right angle whos doing cardio (hello recumbent bike!) but definitely not a RightAngleRunning.
(here’s where if I possessed MAD photoshop skillz there’d be a silly picture of a doctored me running at an angle. hilarity would ensue. please to imagine.)
The biggest conundrum for me? I’m perfectly fine.
Translation? It’s all in my head. It’s all a physiological manifestation of life-stress.
Further translation? BUMMER, because physiological crap seems far easier to fix these days than brain turning off’age (you with me on this?).
As a result Im launching Operation Allow Myself to Destress…Myself up in herre & Im dragging you along for the ride.
Im sharing what Ive decided to do/keep doing in the name of stress-reduction and begging asking for your best stress-lessening tip as well.
My current four-pronged plan:
- Keep my first appointment of the day with G-d. This need not necessarily be prayer time (depending on your belief system), but I let nothing get in the way of TAKING a few moments of silent reflection first thing each morning. It really may be to my husband’s chagrin (Ive been known to ignore the child)–but it’s crucial for my sanity.
- Draw my boundaries in Sharpie. Unlike with real Sharpie I do always have the option of going back & changing my mind. That said, Im working to no longer say YES when I’m fully cognizant I cannot complete the task with a joyous heart. There are enough lifecrapevents (technical term) where we’ve no choice but say yes. Im also working to remember no isnt a four letter word.
- Stretching/Rollering. Id been in full-on do as I say not as I do mode with this for a while. While I scored pretty well in Fitness Magazine’s flexibility test, Ive realized for me stretching before sleeping is a crucial piece of stress reduction. It really helps me to turn my brain off for the night.
- Im starting a Stress Journal. I believe in the power of these. I utilized these frequently with clients when I was a life coach. Ive always avoided them. For some reason the very term STRESS JOURNAL felt so…anti-law of attraction. Ive decided to call mine a Selfcare Journal & get to journaling. I plan to document when I feel frazzletastic, what the situation is & how I might lessen the stress of a similar situation next time. It’s time to return to my tool belt & use the coping hammers skills I know I possess.
Here’s where I turn to you, oh straight lined readers of mine.
Whats your best stress reduction tip?
Are you one who allots yourself a specific amount of frazzle-time per day, embraces it all at once and is able to then move OM, err, on?
Do you yoga your way to complete and total zen?
Wanna come over and gimmie a low back massage?
Please to hit this 90 degree angle up in the comments.