I think—knock on wood—that I am officially on the upswing. My sore throat is gone. My energy levels are (above) normal. And my appetite…well…it never really left.
I roll this simple little statement over and over in my head when I’m out on a run. Especially the tough ones. When the steep hill feels too long. Too impossible. Too steep.
Sarah? Define yourself.
And it’s not just running that this mantra applies to. In fact, if I didn’t believe so much in “running to slow things down,” this may very well have been my blog title.
This morning, I found myself knee deep in stress. Yes. Stress. That delightful word that happens to each and every one of us at one point or another.
You know. Those times when you feel like your chest is one big knot and your mind is running a million miles a minute, and you just want it all to stop, stop, stop. This morning, that was me. And I vented. In every single sense of the word, I vented: So much to do! So little time! No time to breathe! Ten hour work days! Too little sleep!
Yes. I vented and vented and then vented some more. I vented my heart out to my poor mom who listened and nodded and then sent me off to work with a kiss, a smile, and an “I’ll pray for you.” (Thank God for Moms) I felt like one big stress ball, ready to break into tears at any given moment.
It’s easy, during those stressful moments, to feel like nobody on the planet knows what it’s like to feel your level of stress. If only they understood! But the truth is that we all have stress. Each and every one of us. The only difference is that some of us know how to handle it better than others.
We have the option of letting stress control our lives. OR, we can take control of the stress.
The busy weeks that never end. The people that make us feel like pulling our hair from our head. The car that is driving impossibly slow on the highway. We certainly can’t always control the situation. But we CAN control our attitude.
I lightened up. I breathed. I sipped a cup of tea on route to work. And then I smiled because life goes on and tomorrow is Friday and to do my best is all that I can do.
Question: How do you handle stress?