|this morning's sunrise!|
I'm finding the older I get the less able I am to handle stress especially when I'm stress free for days on end. The frustrating part is my perceived stress is something that I'm not in control of at all. Recognizing my lack of control albeit later than sooner, helps me manage my reaction to stress. The other funny aspect of stress is how personalized it is. My stresses might not be your stresses.
I'm feeling great now, but I'm reflecting on what I could do to lessen my reactions and manage my thought processes.
|Holly handles stress by hiding|
I had very little time to knit or pursue my creative outlets the past two weeks and I believe my lack of creative time makes for a faster negative reaction to stress. In other words, the more I create the better I am at managing stress.
When I'm stressed for some bizarre reason I forget to pick up my knitting and get into my zen state of mind. I know! How completely silly of me. Every time I start knitting, I relax and worries fritter away.
|Holly says hi|
I've mentioned many times how I love the gym. My absolute favorite side effect is how exercising clears the cobwebs of my brain. Who knew? Okay, maybe some expert scientists but for me I love feeling like a bowl of jello and exhausted. No room for stress if your sleepy.
I'm happy to report that my stress is less (as always, nothing is permanent). I'm feeling great and I'm ready to move forward.
How do you manage stress?
|son's blanket slowly making progress|
|new sweater on the needles! (jaycee pattern)|