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I have a woeful talent; I can create stress out of thin air.
It’s awesome… *rolls eyes*
Am I alone in this? I doubt it.
Seemingly everywhere I turn, there appears a new source of stress. And this really cuts into my productivity. When I’m worried, pretty much all I can think about is that stress and every possible scenario. Because of that, nothing gets done in the present, which worsens my mood even more.
If I’m being honest, 2016-2018 was a rough season in terms of stress. I had one huge looming conflict that was basically unsolvable because it wasn’t truly mine to solve. I spent the better part of those three years deadlocked and not knowing how to untangle myself from the mess I found myself roped into. Frustratingly, those years were not nearly as productive as they could have been for me. It felt like I spent more time trying to decompress than I did actually working on moving myself forward.
However, something good did come out of these years. By the time I reached the light at the end of the tunnel, I had come up with a pretty solid system for de-stressing. These are the things I do when I start feeling stressed to calm myself and get back on track. I typically do a few at a time, but I have been known to spend a whole day going through the entire list when I really need a recharge!