Stress- How do you deal with it?

STRESS. My mom always tells me I am too stressed out. For most of my adult life, I have found that I get overwhelmed easily and sometimes feel like I’m going to explode. I also chose a career that tends to be more stressful than others. What was I thinking?

My college graduation photo

I definitely do not remember my professors in college giving us that helpful bit of information. Accountants are constantly dealing with strict deadlines, which seem to be inconsistent. At least I am no longer working in tax. Even though the stress for that type of position only lasts for about 5 months or so, the long work hours can be unbearable, especially if you have a family or any outside interests. I have learned to deal with my work stress by exercising more, having monthly massages, and learning to relax when I feel overwhelmed.

My kids laugh at me because I buy relaxation CD’s and lotions with aromatherapy that claim to relieve stress.

relaxation CD’s

Stress relief lotion

 If nothing else works, I always enjoy a glass of wine to chill out.

A few years ago, I actually took a class on Stress Management at a local community college and that was very helpful. Today, I found this article on the American Heart Association website :  Four Ways to Deal with Stress. It has some good ideas I’d like to share with you.

How do you deal with stress? What works for you?

April 6 – National Start Walking Day

I posted a few days ago about today, April 6 being National Start Walking Day. I just wanted to report that I managed to get up from my desk and take a walk outside with one of my coworkers. I tried to recruit others in the office to join, but no one was interested. I’m glad I kept my commitment to walk and it made me feel good too. It was a gorgeous day with lots of sunshine. We walked right before lunch for about 30 minutes. It makes me feel good to stick to my goals. A feeling of accomplishment.

If you aren’t familiar with Start! see the webpage below. This is sponsored by the American Heart Association, one of the causes I support.

It’s not too late to Start!

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/National-Start-Walking-Day-2011_UCM_322924_Event.jsp