…doesn’t it happen to all of us? Doesn’t it all become just a little bit too much? Life just becomes.. well.. stressful. I am sure we have all been there at some point or another – be it at school, work or at home. And yes.. I do get stressed sometimes with all the things I have planned for and want to do at Red Ted Art – I got rather stressed last week, when the kids were not going to bed and I *really* needed the time to finish off the first draft of my Craft Book due out soon. Ahem, a bit of shouting ensued.
When there are so many things that need to get done, things that need not to be forgotten.. and especially for us Mummy Bloggers, then also having small children hanging off your arms screeching. So yes, I have been there many a time.
The high pitch screeching. The chaos in the house. The thought of all the things I still need to do.
I start getting hot, break out in a sweat and start shouting. Not good.
Luckily it doesn’t happen too often to me. Though it does happen. And usually letting off some (shouting) steam, ahem, helps. But it isn’t good or right really.
The way I try and avoid these kind of stressful situations, is:
* Lots of to do lists, that I constantly revisit and re prioritise (at least I won’t forget something, I may just choose not to something).
* I tend to plan ahead and set myself “early deadlines”, if something is due Friday, I try and get it done by Tuesday (this is a revision technique that saved me at university… allowing me alleviate a significant amount of stress). I do get stress.. as my personal Tuesday deadline approaches.. but it isn’t “real stress”, like the Friday one would be, as I still have control.
* Time off. Time off from what I am working on. Time off from the kids. Time to myself. A break does wonders to recharge those batteries. Don’t make the break too long, else you will start worrying again, but a short break IS good.
Those are just my coping tactics.. but there are a lot of online resources available to help. One such resource is by AXA PPP healthcare. It is most definitely worth a look and read.
If that isn’t enough AXA PPP healthcare have organised a LIVE CHAT with expert Dr Mark Winwood on July 28th (1pm – 3:30pm). It will be a fabulously informative session and a great chance for you to “ask the expert”. So if you find yourself in a tizz frequently and would like some stress management advice, be there!
Sponsored by AXA PPP healthcare.