I’ve been stressing a lot this week. Between having painters in my home for a few days, work projects, appliances and tile breaking in my home and dealing with this all on my own while my husband is out of town, I have felt the pressure mounting. Today it was just getting to be too much. I felt like I hated everything around me; my job, my home… Ugh!
And for a moment I even let that stress tempt me to skip my run today. Since I was in a funk I was convincing myself, “You don’t need to run. Just skip it today.” But I got into my running clothes after work, knowing that once I had taken that step I would make it out the door to run.
I guess that stress needed to burn itself off and the run was the perfect way to accomplish that. I ran pretty fast for the first part of my run. My first mile was a 7-minute mile! (Well, 7:11… but we don’t have to be EXACT do we? We do? Okay, it was 7:11!) My second mile was an 8:15. I didn’t realize I was running that fast until I got toward the end of my 5+ miles and realized I was finishing the route in less time than it took on Monday.
I still feel a little anxiety, but the run helped me sort things out and get my head on straight. (or straighter… I may still be a little off! I am kind of cuckoo!) I have an appliance repairman coming tomorrow so he can fix my dishwasher and stove (why does everything have to break at the same time?). I’ll do a good yoga practice tomorrow, that will help stretch me out and relax me as well.
What are your stress reduction techniques?