Yesterday was a high-stress affair for me.
I can’t get into the specifics, but suffice to say I worked myself into a complete froth over what will likely be nothing yesterday. I spilled some of that stress over onto my wife and kids, unfortunately, but they all seemed not to notice. (I’m not sure how to take that.)
My wife did ask a couple of times if I was okay. When I told her no, I most certainly was not okay, she asked why. When I tried to explain ….
I realized how stupid I was being almost immediately. But man, I couldn’t help it. I just kept right on being stressed, being frazzled, being worried. Today, I’m still feeling that way a little. I played with the kids some and they did great. I feel bad for being snappy at everyone (which is the sign I’m under some sort of duress), and want to make it up to them today. I figure some good, quality play time with the kids and pitching in to help Falcon get some computer- and relaxation-time will somewhat atone for my sins, but she’s really lousy at letting me make things up to her. Here’s hoping.
No one got mad. No one even said anything. I spent time addressing one of the areas of stress with Falcon and praying about a big decision causing the stress, and afterward, felt a little better. Sent an email, did some research … ah, that’s better. Not relieved of the stress, but it’s manageable from here.
Of course, nothing’s changed in my situation. I still am not working, and the uncertainties of that remain. But now I feel today is a day when I can look at a couple of things and take care of them, and get myself into a better place. I hope.
How about you? How do you manage your stress, your tough emotional times when you feel caught between a rock and a hard place? What’s your trick for getting out of the vicious cycle of worry and hand-wringing?
Any tips, greatly appreciated.
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