Sunday, December 11, 2011
Oh no! I can feel that I'm stressing. That makes me stress that I'm going to get stressed, and that might affect by health and the ability to be happy and live a productive life. I've already had one stress related disease. So I know it can happen.
OK. What's happening? I'm baking these tiny loaves of bread for Christmas presents, for people at work. Since they're gifts, I want them to look nice and taste good. And it looks like that's not happening. Some dough spilled out of one of them already. Messes dropped on the oven floor stink up the whole house and make me worry. I've already burnt my index finger on the oven rack. Santa better bring me some new oven mits because these are getting too thin.
They're still not done. It's taking these small loaves longer to bake than large loaves!
As soon as these are out of the oven, I'm destressing. How?
This is how to manage stress according to the Book of Faith.
1. Blog Yes, get on my computer and rant. I didn't even mention how I got stuck going to the children's Mass, this morning. It was the only time I could make it. Almost an occasion of sin. Then when I went to go to Chapter, I wasn't allowed in. It seems there was a mix-up of times. And now, my Christmas baking is testing me. So it's good when no one wants to listen to me (Hubby's watching the football game.) that I can blog.
2. Go outside and walk around the block.
3. Telephone someone and chat.
4. Eat an apple. Yes, I'm a stress eater and I'll eat something unhealthy unless I can eat something more readily available. Always have a fruit bowl.
5. Go to the movies. Today that wasn't practical.
6. Drink. Tea or wine is relaxing. Yesterday at a Christmas party I drank a Reisling called Relax. I think it's better than a Blue Nun.
7. Change your clothes. Take an inventory of your closet and see what you need. Get on line and do some shopping. When I don't have the money, I make a list of what I want to buy for when I do have the money--some day.
8. Plan something. Plan how to decorate the house for the next holiday. Plan what to do for someone's birthday.
9. Think of someone in a nursing home and think of something nice to do for them.
10. Pray a Rosary. It's particularly relaxing to listen to a CD of the Rosary. The ones I have are very calming.
The important thing is to take my mind off myself. I have to enjoy and not stress. Life is too short. Nothing matters except saving my soul and taking along a few others. Focus. Focus. Focus.
All is passing. God alone sustaining. God alone abiding.