We moved out of our apartment in Santa Barbara last weekend.
Well, mostly out. There are still a few things at the old place and it needs to
be cleaned up, so a part of me is still there.
When we moved from the Bay Area to Santa Barbara, I had a
hard time finding a place that would fit our needs. There are only two of us
but I wanted to be sure there would be room for family when they came to visit.
I’ve always wanted the home that my kids and grandkids could
come back to and a one-bedroom apartment wasn’t exactly my dream home. But we
made it work.
A funny thing happened while riding my bicycle Sunday morning. It was such a subtle shift in thinking I almost didn’t appreciate the gravity of it.
John and I have a tradition of riding our bikes to breakfast on Sundays. The little restaurant we go to is the Summerland Beach Café, which is about eight miles from our house. There are some pretty good hills along the route, especially the last one, so it is a good way to earn breakfast.
I usually look forward to our ride, but this Sunday I woke up feeling terrible. I had a headache and felt tired. We had been on the road the last week and I was beating myself up for not eating as well as I should and for drinking more wine than I normally do.
What do you do when you are feeling stressed? Do you power through and keep going?
I used to do that, but now I stop and regroup. Today is my day to do just that.
I’m still in my pajamas but slowing getting things checked off my list!
There are some stressful situations in life that I can not control….like whether my passport arrives in time. But, I can control how I react to anything thrown my way. Today, I chose to just take a deep breath and take some time to take care of me.
Well, and a bunch of other things too!
But getting some things checked off my list will help me in the long run. So, I hope you find some time to take care of YOU this week.
For me, beach time alleviates stress. It’s almost impossible to hang on to stress or worry when I’m at the beach.
I’ve been feeling stressed these last few days, trying to get everything done before leaving on Weds for the East Coast. I have a hard time allowing myself time to fit in fun or even time at the beach.
Do you do that? How do you get rid of stress when you have so much on your plate?