Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I am high strung and I always have been. A combination of sensory overload and the inability to cope with stress makes me into some sort of basket case. In my lifetime I have dealt with a stomach ulcer, severe acid reflux, depression and Fibromyalgia.
I really want to change this.
For Christmas I received a book called A Pace of Grace by Linda Kavelin Popov and in it she has a 10-point plan for how to live a less frenzied life. I am not very far into it, but have found the first couple of steps to be helpful. So far the steps aren't anything ground breaking (i.e. bathe every day, drink at least 8 glasses of water, eat healthy foods, practice meaningful breathing, etc), but I appreciate her approach as she explains the virtues of doing each step. She also explains clearly the concept of FOG (Fatigue, Overwhelm, Guilt) which unfortunately I identify with all too well.
The truth is I don't think I have too much to be stressed out about, but I always seem to find something that winds me tighter and tighter. The sound of my children doing acrobatics in the family room causes the dog to bark (which is worse than fingernails on a chalk board to me) and makes my heart beats faster; I yell at the dog in total frustration; my yelling makes everyone around me stressed out; and then it all happens again. It all makes me want to retreat somewhere where I don't have to hear any noise or be around any people. This is not good.
So, I am taking steps to try to improve this situation. I am breathing more ... really breathing. I have been increasing my daily exercise. More fruits and vegetables are included in my diet. And then there is my water intake: I can say that it has increased, though not as much as I would like. I have started to fill a pretty pitcher up with water everyday to have out on the counter. I will add lemon and berries to infuse the unexciting drink with some flavor, and drinking from a wine glass makes it feel more elegant.
I haven't seen any drastic changes just yet, but there are many steps left to take. I'm working on it!