the stress effect

Sounds like Rose and I both had rough days yesterday. Mine was more on a personal note. Had to make a decision and have a conversation that was really hard. Didn’t sleep much or well, which led to total exhaustion this morning.

Avoiding that dark place can be really hard. Especially when life isn’t turning out the way you think it should, or when you brain keeps using the word “suppose to” or “could”. This stress isn’t healthy, mentally or physically. When I am stressed with personal stuff, I get a knot in my stomach and it’s hard to eat. When it’s work, I tend to say “you are stressed and can have a break–eat whatever is quick and easy”.

I’ve been trying to manage my stress
better for both my body and mind. Tonight I managed through it with a long bike ride to the river and park after a healthy dinner. Focusing on quotes like this also helped.

I can see this topic popping up a lot, as stress is something we all must balance. I’d love to hear what you think.

Remembering this also helps 😉

how do you manage through stress?


back at it

Holidays are awesome, right?! I mean who doesn’t love a paid day off and lots of time to hang with friends and family?

However, what I don’t love is the post holiday coma. Having to get back into the swing of things. Everyone looked like zombies in the office today.

So I will be the first to admit that I most certainly indulged this holiday. I had friends in town starting Wednesday night, and lots of pizza, beer and ice cream was enjoyed. Some vegan/gluten free Indian food and a pumped up smoothie was also in there. And we walked. Everywhere! So I like to think it will even out.

What is better than dwelling is focusing on what comes next. I’ve learned that I need time to decompress after being around people for long periods of time. I’ve spent a considerable amount of time alone the last year, and it’s where I am comfortable. So yesterday I bought a much needed bike! And took my slightly hung over self on a ten mile bike ride. It was like hitting the reset button.


Sweating out those extra calories and laying in the grass made me feel much more balanced and ready to take on this week! I even completed a 30 minute HIIT workout at home tonight when I really just felt like napping. I’ll consider that a serious win.

How do you get back at it after a holiday?