But as much as I wanted to #getafterit last week, I just couldn’t. The past few weeks have been overwhelming (in a good way) and I was a wee bit tired. So I decided to #relaxabit so that I could later #getafterit.
Now, I’m not one to preach, but I am one to share. So hear me out. In the past I would have felt the need to push past the tiredness and use the exercise as a stress outlet. To escape the reality. I’d try to teach more classes to make more money. I’d over do my schedule and feel the need to take care of everything myself. That was until I was physically depleted, exhausted, and mentally fried. This literally caused erosion in my stomach and a lot of other baggage to go along with it.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from the past it’s that sometimes I (we) use stress as a crutch. It’s an easy excuse to not deal to with the internal issues. It’s a crutch to excuse our humanness. It’s a crutch I’ve used to excuse my need to control. Yep, lots of excuses, to myself and to others.
We can’t run away from stress. We can’t hide from it. We can’t ignore it. But we can recognize when it’s coming and prepare ourselves to #getafterit. The RIGHT way!
The moment I start to feel overwhelmed, which can lead to stress, I take a day. A day to organize my thoughts. A day to just get other things done that I feel should not be neglected (think domesticator duties). I take a day to work out less or not at all, and nourish more.
Heck sometimes I’ll take a whole week of that! And I’ll call in subs to teach my classes in order to do so.
I’ll take a day to unplug, spending a little more time praying or reading my devotional. I’ll take a day to see family.
I’ll take a day and reschedule appointments, postpone orders, emails, etc. Sounds wrong, but oh is it right!
I have learned that’s the way I #getafterit. And then, when a new week rolls around, I am refreshed, both mentally and physically. I am engaged and focused on my work without feeling pressured or dragged down. My body is stronger and ready to respond.
It took me almost 30 years to figure this out, but hey, at least i did. And in fact, I’m still learning, each and every day. For now, I’ll remember to #relaxabit so that I can #getafterit.
Tell me.. do you recognize stress before it comes? Are you willing to #relaxabit? If so, hashtag away my friends!