Sometimes stress makes me feel like I can’t breathe. And before I elaborate let me preface this post by saying that I am a very positive person. I don’t like to complain not only because there aren’t many that will listen (smile) but because I prefer to look at the bright side of things. People describe me as happy go lucky or carefree. I’m not always like this but I have taught myself to pause and recenter myself. Sometimes however, your body makes you very aware that the stress it taking it’s toll. Headaches and heartaches.
It is a very busy time at work, it’s busy at home, things needing repair, unplanned expenses, then kids doctors appointments, school activities and that’s all good. It’s the people stressing you out that can do more damage. People can suck the light out of your soul and you have to work hard at not allowing this. And then there’s the hormones, that time of the month that leaves you unnerved, you are extra sensitive and your patience is thinner than usual. It can be difficult when you don’t feel any support or true understanding. As the saying goes, an empty bag cannot stand alone. Don’t let others suck the energy, passion or joy out of you.
Trying to stay afloat in the midst of chaos, at home, at work, in your personal life can be a struggle. But if you look at the cup as half full, your perspective will shift. You think of those little things that one day will be the big things. The toddler asking if getting fired from work means you will be set on fire (lol), the six year old telling you that he got in trouble for saying the F word and when you ask, scared to hear it, “What is the F word?”, he responds “Fat” and you let out a loud relieving laugh. (I knew there was no way he knew the F word dammit!) The moments that you’ll think back on, reflecting and realizing how important they were and knowing that a little stress at work and home is just a normal part of the package. This package called life. Some days it will be harder than others, but you must go on and be strong, take the stress and breathe it out so you can continue to breathe life in.