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My one tiny victory over stress

Categories: Balancing Act, Your life


I don’t know about you, but I am horrible about dealing with stress. It always wins. I know it’s an issue, I know it’s not healthy, and I know I should spend more time following advice about reducing stress that Karen M. generously shares over at the Catch Your Breath blog.

So when I have a minor victory and prevent stress from completely taking over my life I feel like I should share it.

As you might have seen, just in time for Work It, Mom!’s first birthday — wow, separate post on that later — we’ve launched a redesign of the site. It’s been in the works for months and as with big updates like that, it’s buggy. Some links don’t work, some images look really odd in certain browsers, a bunch of stuff won’t update when I wave my magic wand, and so on. It’s the norm with site updates and in a few days it will all get fixed, but that didn’t prevent me from nearly hyperventilating when the latest updates went up and I started seeing the bugs.

It was 11:30am and I usually try to sneak away to a Pilates class for an hour on Fridays, which starts at noon. My first thought was, of course, that I was going to skip it. But as I frantically started typing emails to our tech team, stressing about all the issues members might be encountering, all the traffic we might be losing and how, well, of course, this is the end of my professional career (did I mention I take this stress thing seriously?), I realized something. There was no way I could get everything fixed in a few hours — it would take days. And since it was going to take days, there was no sense in skipping my Pilates class, one of the few just-fo-me treats I get during the weekly work-life juggle.

So I put on my gym clothes, got my mat, and went to the class.


You’re thinking this isn’t a big deal. But believe me when I say that it was a HUGE deal for me. To access a stressful situation in a logical matter, to compartmentalize my personal and professional life, and to make a decision to take care of myself over something at work/with my family/at home/with my parents/etc is a really big deal for me. And even though the Pilates class felt like doing Pilates with a volcano erupting a few miles a way, and even though I literally ran home afterwards to start fixing more bugs, I was glad I went. No, scratch that, I was proud I went.

This was my own personal triumph over stress. In that hour of the pilates class, I won. Ha!

(I won’t mention that I’ve spent this entire weekend stressing like a crazy woman over all the site issues and that literally I can’t wait until Monday when our full tech team is at work and busy fixing them.)

What have been some of your personal triumphs over stress? Please share in the comments!

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3 comments so far...

  • Good for you! I know what you mean about your own personal triumph. Some days I feel so overwhelmed by work that I just don’t know where to start….. It’s at that point that I force myself to get up and walk for 10-15 minutes. I come back with a clearer mind, go down the list and start getting it done!

    BlapherMJ  |  April 14th, 2008 at 10:59 am

  • so so so proud of you!!! i think that is the hardest thing EVER - to be in the middle of a stress fit and make that realization! usually i need my hubby to point that out to me and thankfully i generally take his advice when i am max stressed out. sometimes you need to designate someone a stress-o-meter! and then listen to them, thats the tricky part.

    Kate  |  April 14th, 2008 at 11:04 am

  • You rock! The site looks great too. I always end up skipping out on “ME” which is probably why by the time I cut my hair after Sawyer was born, I had enough to donate to Locks of Love…

    Kristie McNealy  |  April 14th, 2008 at 4:49 pm