In the last couple of months I have been like a different person. Normally I am a rather upbeat positive person. I work well under pressure and my job doesn’t get too me. But I had started getting really stressed out, about work and other things happening in my life. I was grumpy, angry and depressing. I had become lazy in all areas and I was just generally a bit of a misery, snapping about everything.
It had been ages since my last week off work, so I decided I just needed a break. We both booked a week off work and I couldn’t wait. Luckily it came around quickly and last week me and Paul spent a lovely week in Devon. (More on our holiday soon)
I realised I needed to completely step back from everything. So when I left work on the Friday afternoon, my laptop was put in it’s case and put away and I switched my work phone off and put that away too. The only way I could completely relax would to become completely uncontactable. (I did make sure everyone knew what they were doing to cover before hand!)
But it wasn’t just work, everything was getting to me. I had started not enjoying my runs as much, I hated watching what I ate so I wasn’t doing Slimming World well, and even blogging seemed like it was becoming another job rather than a fun hobby. So I took a break from it all. I didn’t force myself to exercise, I didn’t feel guilty about enjoying a Cream Tea or and Ice Cream while I was away and I just didn’t blog. (I still wrote nice ideas down) I didn’t even read blogs and I didn’t go on Facebook or Twitter either.
I wandered around towns, villages and seafronts. I played Mini Golf. I ate nice treats. I didn’t worry about having the whole day planned. I sat in the sun. I read more than 1 book. I had lie-ins. I enjoyed spending quality time with Paul.
It was wonderful…and it worked. I definitely just chilled the hell out.
I’ve slowly got back into everything since I got back. I’ve taken my time – why add pressure where there need be none?
Work on Monday was strange. I worried I would get in and have hundreds of things thrown at me which were all urgent and I would instantly feel stressed again. But I just sat and worked through each email and task one by one. I caught up easily and rather quickly. It was a really productive day! Demands from other people are just simply not as annoying to me anymore. I’m not getting angry when things go wrong or someone gets involved where they shouldn’t. I just take it in and work around it. I’ve been back 4 days….so far so good.
I waited until I got weighed last night to really start slimming world and exercising again. I had put on weight. It was obvious I would, but I am OK with it, and I feel motivated that I can get back on plan and carry on with it now. I wrote out a meal/food plan for today and tomorrow and get everything ready for today. I set my alarm for this morning nice and early…and I got up and went for a run! Yay. I am hoping to start including some meditation or ‘calm moments’ and yoga into my days. If I’m having a bad day I plan on getting out a lunch, getting some tunes on my iPod and just walking for a while to take a break.
Last night I enjoyed reading through my bloglovin feed and today I have written this blog post – and I am looking forward to writing more!! It’s all fun again!
Have you ever got to the point where you just needed to stop and relax? How do you handle stressful times?