Sometimes, I take life too seriously. I get too wrapped up in what there is to do and what hasn’t been done yet, and I get stressed out. (If you know me, you’re waving your hands in mock horror, “You? High-strung? Ohhh what a shock!”) It doesn’t come as a hugely surprising confession, I know. And of course, it goes with the territory that I’m really bad at relaxing (Just ask my mom. Or my husband. Before I met him, I had a hard time watching movies all the way through! I’d watch half, and then wander off to do something that just HAD to be done.)
But I’m learning. I’m learning it’s not all about accomplishments. It’s not all about what I can achieve. I’m not getting graded on this life! When the stress creeps up on me because I’m perfectionistically attacking my to-do list, discouraged that it’s not getting done fast enough or perfectly enough, I’ve learned that it’s probably time to step back, stop what I’m doing, and turn my attention to something else. And not just another item on my list. Something different, something fun, and dare I say, relaxing? A break in the routine — like jetting out of the house at lunchtime to have frozen yogurt instead — does wonders for realigning one’s perspective. There’s just something about different surroundings that can put you in a completely different mood, don’t you agree?
How do you get back on track when you find yourself being too high-strung? (I can’t be the only relaxation-challenged person among us!)