Too Much Stress Makes Me a Ditz
I’m not immune to stress. Sad but true. I do have many outlets for dealing with it. Quilting. Exercise. Reading. Cooking. This year, I even started a small container garden. The garden has been a wonderful transition from work mode to home mode. I’m a massage junkie and do some other self-care at least 3 times a month.There are times though, that I just can’t outrun life. No matter how many lists I make, boundaries I set, or time management skills I use, life cannot be planned.This past month is one of those times. What I know about myself, is this:I breakdown mentally more quickly than I do physically. When I recognize those signs, if I don’t take care of myself I am on the expressway to a full physical meltdown. What signs do I look for?Forgetfullness. Simple tasks escape me. Forgetting to take out the garbage, mail that important letter on time, or getting that information to a friend that she requested.Ditziness. This is probably the most embarrassing of them all. Friends try to make a play on words, or joke with me and I just don’t get it. I become very slow on the uptake.Sleep disturbances. I will start having issues falling asleep. Usually because I just can’t turn my mind off. When I do fall asleep, it is not for long periods of time. Sleep is needed to rejuvenate and restore ourselves. This is not good for my mind or my body.When I don’t pay attention to these signs, they can quickly evolve into physical symptoms in my body.My body does not like to be ignored. When it is, I develop aches, pains, headaches, and eventually a full blown illness. I try to prevent this of course by getting a massage! Today, it was a foot massage.What are your signs when stress is getting out of hand? What is your breaking point before you do something about it? #2 of 31ish in the August blogging challenge.