8. You’ve been standing for ten minutes beside the coffee maker waiting for it to brew before you realize that it is not plugged in.
7. You open your lunch bag and it is empty.
6. You find the cereal in the refrigerator and the milk in the cupboard.
5. You eat the discards from your child’s plate then praise them for finishing their entire meal.
4. In the morning, you put your underwear on backwards and don’t notice until bedtime.
3. Filling out a questionnaire, you can’t remember your own date of birth.
2. Someone asks what you take in your coffee and you shout “How in the h*‡# am I supposed to know!”
And the number one sign that you need a break:
1. Your big presentation is today and you are running late. You race into work and arrive with only three minutes to spare.
Then you realize it is Saturday.
Stress contributes to many health problems prevalent in today’s society. Continuous stressful situations can lead to heart disease, depression and obesity, to name only three.
You need to put yourself at the top of the list. Step back and evaluate your priorities.
What can you do to relieve some stress and give yourself a break from the overwhelming chaos that is your life?
- Try going for a walk in the woods. Studies have shown that walking in nature greatly reduces stress.
- Go for a run or to the gym. Strenuous exercise can work out some frustrations.
- Take a long hot bath. Add lavender oil to the water to aid in relaxation and listen to soothing music.
- Get a massage. You likely have knots that need to be worked out.
- Meditate. Even just sitting still and breathing deeply will help to relax you.
- Watch a funny movie. Laughter can lighten the load.
- Get together with good friends. A sympathetic ear and someone to laugh with will do a world of good.
Remember: there is only one you and someone out there needs you to be around for them. De-stress and increase the time you have together.
Share how you de-stress.