Believe it or not, there are plenty of people out there who think that stress is a mere figment of the imagination.
I’m pretty sure that these are the same type of people who didn’t believe in shell shock and who claimed that so-called ‘madness’ was just a feminine ailment. I’m here today to confirm that stress is well and truly in existence, is willing to target any unsuspecting subject and is bloody hard to combat!
Naturally, it’s largely wedding related. I’m honestly trying my hardest to accommodate people and to remain open minded and calm but it’s remarkably hard. A few week’s ago I was on the phone to one friend trying to alleviate the situation and as soon as I managed, I had to hang up because I was nearly home and had to calm things down there as well. Gosh, it’s hard.
Today I got off to a bad start with a disagreement with someone. I went for my usual swim but just focused on swimming for relaxation (distraction!). I did feel a bit better. Then I spent a large portion of the day in the city centre running errands with my mum. But I could just feel the stress niggling away at me. Like tiny little creatures burrowing under my skin. I felt sick to my stomach and I was unsure of how to combat it.
Despite this, we managed to have a really productive time. Got most, if not all of the things we needed – and a few extras! Then I went for a relaxing pot of peppermint tea with my friend. Poor soul had to bare the brunt of my anxieties! It was lovely to see her and I did feel a bit better until my mum contacted me to say we’d left a bag in one of the shops… and she had already gone home but had to return to town as she’d bought the wrong thing for herself! Everything turned out well in the end. But I’ve come home to more worries and I can feel the back of my neck in knots. I just feel like a massive weight is pushing down on me…
I guess my question is: what are your top tips for stress relief?