Inevitably, there are times of stress in our lives.
Sometimes, the stress is outside or around us. We are feeling balanced, but our circumstances are stressful. Sometimes, the stress is within; we feel out of balance.
When the stress is external and internal, we experience our most difficult times.
During stressful times, we can rely more heavily on our support systems. Our friends, and family can help us feel more balanced and peaceful in spite of stressful conditions.
Affirming that events taking place are a temporarily uncomfortable part of a good, solid plan can help. We can assure ourselves that we will get through. We won't be destroyed. We won't crumple or go under.
It helps to go back to basics - to focus on detachment, dealing with feelings, and taking life one day at a time.
Our most important focus during these times of stress is taking care of ourselves. We are better able to cope with the most irregular circumstances, we are better able to be there for others, if we are caring for ourselves. We can ask ourselves regularly: What do we need to do to take care of ourselves? What might help us feel better or more comfortable?
Self-care may not come easily during times of stress. Self neglect may feel more comfortable. But taking care of ourselves always works.
Today, I will remember that there is no situation that can't be benefited by taking care of myself.
I don't do stress very well at the best of times. I never have. This is something that i have been working on, and will continue to work on. I have a long way to go with this one, but on the other hand...i have come a long way as well.
In all honesty...i just do my best to avoid stressful situations. I just can't be bothered with them. I know that i will need to learn how to deal with stress better, in the future, but minimising the amount of stress in my life, seemed like a good start.
I have had a fantastic day.
Spent the morning cleaning this place, after Nicole's sleep over. I got everything done, then picked them up from school. Then dropped Jorgia at piano lesson...Nicole and i did our weekly food shopping...picked Jorgia up from piano lesson. I went inside and listened to her play. She is absolutely amazing. Her teacher told me that she does not even need to read the music. She just starts playing songs by ear. That reminded me so much of myself, when i was a kid. I used to just pick up musical instruments and start playing them without the music as well. I wish i had never stopped playing them.
Next week, i am going to take my camera and video her. She was playing "The only exception" by Paramore today... She played it so well. I loved listening to her.