Saturday, April 14, 2012

Forced Stress Free Week

I've been under quite a bit of stress lately. Not all stress is bad but it takes a toll on your body anyway. I've been working like crazy, had to holiday blues for Easter, been fighting for my independence and a long list of other things. Finally I just had enough and decided that it's time I took a vacation from stress.

I already get up and take a break between each article I write. It's amazing how much of a physical toll writing 3000 words a day can take on your body. So between articles I get up and do something, mostly outside of my room unless I have laundry to put away. But this week I'm determined that when I get up to do it I don't rush back to work. As soon as I started that I started getting more work done each day. That tiny little change gave me more energy to work more productively. paycheck just went up and we all know that in itself is stress relieving.

I've also started telling hubby "no stress this week" when he brings up a topic I know is going to be stressful. I asked him if he thought that was rude and he said no and smiled. Now he rarely smiles so that's a good sign he's not just avoiding the word 'no' like most Indians do. Impressive. I guess all those times he said he liked simple he meant it. I've yet to grasp that concept but I think I like it.

I've also made a conscious effort to increase my water intake. I like water, especially when the bottle is half frozen and just came out of the freezer. I know that goes against Indian ideals (I've heard from many desi's that ice or cold drinks are bad or hard on your body) but I love the refreshing feeling of a cold drink of water on a hot day. I always drink a lot more in the summer when the water is cold. Drinking more water has many stress relieving benefits like:
  • Better skin health 
  • less fatigue from dehydration
  • flushing toxins from your body
  • less dry eyes from the ceiling fan that runs all day long
  • more fluid for your joints (meaning less joint aches, stiffness, popping, etc.) 
Those little things matter a lot for how your body feels. That affects your mind and your mood. They add up to make a big difference. If it's one thing you do during an Indian summer it's sweat so you need more water.

Oh, I've also watched less TV. Call me crazy but I work better under some stress (normally). So I usually have the TV going, FaceBook open and I'm typing away at my work. When I got my degree in forensics while I was working a full time job. I did all my reading and school work while at my desk at work waiting for the next call to come in. I had a part time job that I worked in addition to all of that and in my down time I wrote personally and professionally. I'm a busy body to say the least. But not this week. I'm on vacation so the TV went off.

I haven't had chocolate in 2 days because caffeine isn't especially good for you and neither is the sugar. Both can contribute to the stress of someone who works sitting down and has excess energy they can't burn off.

All in all, I think this week is going well so far.


  1. Way to go, I should take your example and not stress out over small things.
    Oh and I love ice cold water too, I don't put it int he freezer because I forget the bottles there, but we have a built in water dispenser inthe fridge and I drink from there and add a few ice cubes to it. I just don't get the whole ice water is bad for you thing, because it never fails to energize me, better than caffeine any day.

  2. I can totally relate to this -- I've had to force myself to take breaks and go on walks. Otherwise writing and working all day is very emotionally and physically draining. It really takes its toll. And in the heat and humidity in Mumbai, my feet and ankles actually swell up sometimes if I don't get up and move around. :-(   It's true that the financial rewards of all this writing do make it worthwhile though!!

  3. I never put a full bottle in the freezer because they sometimes bust open. But, I freeze several partial bottles. I drink a lot of water so I don't have to worry about forgetting them. I love ice water and it is so much more refreshing and better than caffeine.

  4. Yes!! Writing is a lot of work. Thank God it pays well otherwise I would feel like it's slave labor lol. I've always taken breaks just not this much. It has been good.