With everything going on, I’ve had my fair share of stress and anxiety these past couple of weeks. People have told me kitchen renovations make people nutty, but I didn’t realize how fully nutty I’d be.
I feel like I literally gave myself vertigo because of all of the stress I was putting myself under. Having two small businesses launch is enough stress already, combine it with a house of disaster, it was putting me over the edge. Usually I just go through my days saying “I’m not stressed, every thing’s great!” over and over again and somehow that was a lie, even though I really believed it.
The kitchen is my home base. It’s where I go to deal with a bad day or a good day or to expel extra energy. When that wasn’t there anymore it had more of an impact that I anticipated. Not to mention I blog about what I cook, bake & eat and when there isn’t much going on in that department, the blog can get pretty darn boring.
Now that the end is in sight and my kitchen almost looks like a fully operational kitchen, I can kind of reflect back.
While I was stressed to the extreme over things I couldn’t control, I made sure that the things I could control were going pretty well. Maybe these things seem obvious to you, but for me, it wasn’t so obvious.
Food: When I’m stressed I crave carbs and chocolate. For a couple of days I gave into those cravings and once I realize what was going on, I went back to eating a balanced diet filled with veggies and whole grains. I felt like that kept me grounded. I haven’t been sharing what I’ve been eating because it mostly hasn’t looked very appetizing. I’ve made sure that I had salad things on stand by at all times so I can throw together lunches & dinners easily.
Exercise: I kept going with my exercising because it was the best I felt all day when I wasn’t feeling well. I didn’t change anything and kept going with Jamie Eason’s 12 week trainer, running, the elliptical and the occasional class. Exercise is amazing on stress, I can’t say that enough.
Yoga: Doing yoga once a week makes me stop and deep (many) deep breaths. I’m so glad I decided to incorporate it into my life a couple of years ago. Not only does it help with my (limited) flexibility but it always makes me feel better from the inside out. Savasana is something I always look forward to.
Deep breathing: I don’t always practice this, but at the most stressful moments I try to remind myself to breathe from my belly. Taking 2-3 seconds to breathe in and out is very, very calming. Try it!
Family & Friends: Enough said. Spend time with people that make you happy. Always works.
Letting Go: Sometimes you have to let go of what you can’t control. Trust me, I know this is SO hard for me too. I don’t even think I ever got to that place 100%, but I try to remind myself to stop worrying about it.
What works for you when you get stressed? Are you like me and know what you *should* do, but don’t do all of it?
I also have to say, part of me would also get mad at myself for being stressed because 1. I did this to myself by redoing the kitchen and 2. the end result is going to be amazing & worth it. I know Danny and I have been working extremely hard to make this kitchen happen, so it seemed silly to get myself in such a tizzy. But whatever, it happened and this is how I dealt with/and am still dealing with it.
Off to get my run on! Have a good one!