Managing Weekly Stress

If you know me, you know that I am almost always stressed out for some reason. In fact, if you click this little link right here, you’ll get to know me a lot better than you already do. About 90% of those statements in that list are accurate when describing me.

Pretty much, if there is nothing to stress out about, I’ll find something. I don’t know why, and I don’t know how to stop it. I’ve tried many times to shake it off and just relax, but at this point in time, I think it’s downright impossible for me to do such a thing.

I know there are a lot of people out there that probably just read all that and think I’m crazy, but there are also a lot of people out there that read all of my rambling, and thought, Oh my God, she gets me! Since those people do exist, I thought I’d share this with all of you. Recently, I’ve discovered a way to help me stop stressing out so much. No, it didn’t completely get rid of my stress, but it’s definitely helped me maintain control of it. 2014-11-17 08.23.19

I’m a list maker. I make them for everything. Groceries, my favorite things during the month (for everyone to see!), things I need to accomplish in a week, things I need to accomplish in a day, things I need to accomplish within an hour, lists of the things I list…the list goes on! (I’ve successfully typed list enough to cause myself to question whether or not it’s even a real word…it’s starting to look funny.) Anyways!! The point is: I use these lists to organize my thoughts and my life. But once I cross off a lot of those things I’ve told myself I needed to complete, I want to create a new list, and destroy the old one, forgetting about all I’ve just accomplished and adding more that I’ve discovered I needed to work on. I’ve finally realized that this method leaves me feeling unsatisfied and upset with myself, causing more stress. Until now.

What I’ve been doing, is writing down my accomplishments on my desk calendar, in the days I’ve accomplished things. This way I can visually see that I’m not just wasting all of my time, and I am in fact getting shit done. It might not be everything I’ve set out to accomplish in a weeks time, but I’m not sitting around twiddling my thumbs either. It really helps me see that no matter how much I put on a list of “to-do’s,” I am working through them, and I can’t be upset with myself for not finishing everything, when I can see that I’ve been trying my hardest!

Try it out for yourself. It doesn’t have to be an amazing feat that you document. It can be anything that you know makes you feel better when you look back on it. Like something as simple as cleaning your bathroom, working out for a full hour, going on a hike, spending some quality time catching up with a good friend, changing your hairstyle like you’ve been telling yourself to do for months, etc.. Then when you look at the endless to-do list you’ve created for yourself to get through this week, you won’t feel so bad, because you know you will accomplish at least some of them! And this time, they won’t be forgotten about so quickly.

Thanks for reading and getting to know me a little bit better.

Bows and arrows,

Lynda

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