Dealing With My Stress

“Just enjoy every moment – don’t stress. Just be yourself.” ~ Mabel

“The way we think about ourselves will give rise to the world we live in.” ~ Gregg Braden

I admit it, I’ve been struggling since the Fall semester began. Trying to balance all the new responsibilities at the college and keep up with the creative endeavors I feel called to do has been a challenge. And, of course, there are so many stresses bombarding me (us) from the bigger world. 

I’m not opposed to my life being turned upside down every now and then. I get bored if I feel like I’m in a never ending routine. The trick is to find a balance. Some days that’s a challenge.

Here’s what I’m learning to do. I make sure I take time in the morning to meditate, and some days I write in my journal to help me vent, and/or listen for guidance. I do this no matter how busy my day is. Even if I only get to meditate for ten minutes, that’s good.

Another thing I’m learning to do is live in the present moment. I have a bad habit of projecting myself into the future. What will be the outcome if I do this, or that? I try to anticipate and mitigate disasters, which, of course, never works. When I do that I have so many things in my head that I get overwhelmed and that’s not good either. My productivity is impaired and I exhaust myself.

True rest is another thing I am learning to do. If I need to take a nap, or just lay down for a quick rest, it’s good not to futz around watching YouTube videos, or checking social media. I find it’s better to read my novel or watch a fictional story to give my mind a rest from work. It’s amazing how much more I can get done when I’m not in such a big yank to tick off lots of tasks in one day. 

I am grateful for all the things I’ve had to deal with these last months because some of them have helped me get clear on things that still need another round of healing. And some of these things are issues I’ve been working on for decades.

I guess life would be really boring and not worth living if we didn’t face challenges that forced us to grow.

Thanks for following, liking and commenting. Take care as we head into the end of the year.

Blessings for a great weekend.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a podcast where she and her guests discuss their creative endeavors, and/or the stories that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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I grew up in the West, the descendant of people traveling by wagon train to a new life. Some of their determination and wanderlust became a part of me. I imagine them sitting around the campfire telling stories, which is why I became first a theatre artist, then a teacher and now a writer. They are all ways of telling stories.

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