The stress is definitely getting to me this week! What can I do? This question has plagued me more than once in my journey and so far I haven’t really dealt with it all that well.
I work at an Elementary as a reading aid. I am one of the aids that was bestowed the honor of administering a test to all kindergarten through third grade students. The test consists of having each student read three stories for one minute and then retelling the story. While they are reading I follow along on an I Pad to record any mistakes. I help do this at three schools for three days. We take a lunch break of about thirty minutes each day. It’s brutal!
By the time I come home I am absolutely exhausted. Monday and Tuesday went well. I didn’t eat any goodies, which we are usually given as a little thank you or to keep us awake. I believe the second reason is why we get them. Anyway, on Thursday I went to school and the desk I was at had a big handful of saltwater taffy. Now that is probably my least favorite candy in the whole world, but by the mid morning I desperately needed something to keep me awake. So I ate one. I had NO intention of eating any of them! But as the morning went on I popped one after the other in my mouth, and before I knew it they had all disappeared.
If that would have been the end of my folly, I’d have been fine, but no. I came home and felt like I just needed to sit back and relax for a minute. I did it while enjoying a creamie. Then later my son decided to make chocolate chip cookies. That was another disaster.
I know if I wouldn’t have been so stressed I would have been able to deal with all these little temptations in a better way. I could’ve had one treat and that would have been enough, but I was stressed and need a different response when times like these come. So how could I have handled the situation differently?
Write in my journal
I know I’ve done this before and it is really helpful. I could have taken a few minutes to write about the frustrations of the day instead of eating them.
Take a nap
I know a twenty minute nap would have revitalized me and kept me out of the fridge.
Do something I enjoy
I just need to sit down and sew, play the piano, or weed in my yard. Anything that I like to do is going to fill that need for something sweet. Read my post Do something sweet everyday to get more ideas of things to do.
Take time to meditate
I could have taken a few minutes to sit still and imagine myself on the beaches of Hawaii, while breathing deeply. Oh, I wish I would have done that. I wouldn’t have any regrets on that one.
The hardest part is just realizing that I am stressed, and keeping my wits about me until I work through it. Anyone have any ideas they use to handle stress. Please share. We can all benefit from your wisdom.
Let’s do this together! We’ve got this!