Mar 03

Holding On

It has been a very stressful week for me. And I really don’t like myself when I’m stressed. My composure flies out the window and I keep forgetting the word prudence and patience. My judgment is terribly impaled. It’s not so bad if I just do damage to myself. I always know how to reverse the damage. When you hurt someone else, especially someone you love, it’s a whole different matter all together. I’d rather the earth opened up and swallowed me alive.

I am now researching all the possible stress relievers on the planet. I’ve been doing yoga for about 8 months now and apparently that’s not enough. It seems a single mother with three kids and a perfectionist boss needs something more than just deep breathing and torso-twisting poses to make her calm down. Aside from doing meditation once in a while, I still need some words of wisdom branded on my brain with a hot iron to help me out.

Here are some tips that I picked out — some I learned on my own (the hard way):

  1. Take deep breaths. Concentrate on taking out the tension from your lungs.
  2. Always take time to rest and eat. During these times, forget problems and issues bugging you. Just enjoy your meal or a movie or the show you are watching.
  3. Whenever possible, listen to music you enjoy. It doesn’t matter if it’s jazz, R&B, hip-hop, or even hard rock. Any music that will make you sing along or tap your fingers to will suffice.
  4. Always make sure you have quiet time alone. You don’t have to be watching the sunset or the ocean. Any alone time will do.
  5. Learn to focus on things you can manage and learn to let go of things that you have no control of. Things you can’t control will eventually resolve itself regardless of what you do.
  6. Count the blessings in your life — the hugs and kisses from your kids, the laughter, the food you eat, the roof that has no leaks, the warm bed at night, the hard disk that did not crash. . .
  7. Whenever you feel like shouting or complaining, don’t. Like Thumper said, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all.”
  8. Live today like it is your last. Take the leap. No matter what you believe, the laughter and love is worth the tears and pain that it may cost.

I’ve weathered so many things in my life. So now, I just put on my raincoat and my hard hat and let it pour. Bring it on . . . I’m holding on baby.

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