Donna C. Terrell

I Was Just Thinkin'

The Struggle With Stress

So I was back to nagging my husband about how he eats. I was telling him about how his food choices leads to clogged arteries, which leads to other detrimental consequences. Between mouthfuls of Captain Crunch, he matter-of-factly replied , “You’re always worried about stuff. Stress. Now that will kill you.”

That hit me like a ton of bricks.

I have been stressing out about tons of stuff over the last few months. Money, bills, future bills, things that won’t happen for another 30 years, you get the drift. I overly think about what I’m going to cook, what I’m taking for lunch, what I’m going to wear, and on and on it goes.

So allow me to talk to you as I talk to myself.

  • CALM DOWN!
  • Stop thinking about things that haven’t happened yet.
  • STOP RUSHING. Be ready 20 minutes before your departure time. Sit down and relax before leaving.
  • Make a plan and stick to it. Plan what you’re taking to work for your lunch, and don’t decide 90 seconds before you’re supposed to leave the house that you gotta grab that bag of Cheetos. If it’s not in your lunch bag, forget it!

I’ve been working for a lot of years now, and I’ve yet to master this. Why do I rush around in the mornings? Why do I do things at the last minute? I get up a full 2 hours before I have to leave, because I like to give myself time. Yet that only works in theory. I know I must leave at 7:57. So why do I make last second decisions? What have I been doing with the two hours?

We also need practical tangible ways to relieve stress and worry. This is what I did:

LISTEN TO MUSIC. I went back into time before my time and I listened to The Emotions’ So I Can Love You like 20 times! I really wanted to sing it but I was at work. Then I listened to Satisfaction by Smokey Robinson over and over again. I tell ya, I would have loved to have been a Motown background singer! Those Miracles were jammin’ behind Smokey! The iPod is one of the greatest inventions of our time. I remember if you wanted to hear a song over and over again you had to keep rewinding a tape. Now you set your iPod to play only one song. Lovin’ it!

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GET A COLORING BOOK. Adult coloring books are all the rage! They have intricate patterns that you can really lose yourself in. I got crayons, markers and coloring pencils, and it’s very relaxing. You guys might think that’s too girly, which it’s not, but maybe you can work with models or something. My husband paints football figures sometimes. It’s really cool.

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The point is we cannot let stress be strong in our lives! Combat stress now!

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