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?


Stressful Week

I realized I haven’t posted since last Saturday. This week has been so busy and stressful. And it’s only Wednesday! I am thankful that I am on vacation after today and will have a relaxing long weekend with my family. We have dealt with issues with our newly used car we just bought, a car wreck with my pregnant daughter, and trying to get everything ready for our vacation. Needless to say, I have let my workouts slip for the past two days since I have been so overwhelmed. I’m looking forward to a running workout tonight when I get home.

Luckily, my daughter is o.k. from her wreck and even though she was transported to the hospital, the baby is fine also. The car on the other hand will need some repair work. I was excited though to see the ultrasound performed on her in the hospital. I was overwhelmed with tears of joy to see my grandchild for the first time.

It’s amazing to me how much stress can affect you physically. After dealing with the car accident yesterday and going to the hospital, I found myself very nervous and exhausted. I almost felt light headed and like it was difficult to breathe. Usually, I know how to calm down when I’m feeling overwhelmed, but yesterday was a different story. Eventually I was able to relax after drinking a glass of vino and playing with Tiger.

How do you deal with stress?

Manic Monday

What a Monday! I was very overwhelmed most of the day with so much work that I couldn’t get caught up. I really don’t like days like that. I even resorted to closing my office door for most of the afternoon. The bummer was the meeting that ran long during my lunch hour and got me off track. And I ended up working late to try to finish the things that were top priority. Whew! Now, I’m home and starting to relax a bit. 

I have been known to be a “stressed out” person by nature. But I had learned ways to deal with it, or so I thought. Some days are worse than others. And I wasn’t too bright in choosing my career as an accountant. I think its one of the most stressful jobs out there. So tonight I will try to remember the ways to deal with stress and see if it works. Wish me luck!

What works for you?