I’d love to give you wise advice on how to cope with stress but given that this Sometimes Healthy Girl was voted “Most Stressed” out of a high school class of nearly 500 students, not sure how credible that advice would be.
10 Years, None the Wiser?
Sadly, not much has changed in the 10 years since I graduated high school (yes 10 – my reunion is in July). Plus, when I was voted “Most Stressed,” I lived a simple
country suburban life in Nebraska. Now I live in the most fast-paced city in the world. As you can imagine, the intensity of the NYC lifestyle hasn’t helped me out in the stress department.
Nevertheless, in all those years of trials and tribulations, I have developed some coping “mechanisms.” Over the past couple of weeks, some positive changes at work have increased my stress level just a bit. Yesterday was a 12 hour humdinger at the ol’ office so I had to reach into my bag of tricks to keep myself from calling my mother to say, “I’m so stressed. I can’t handle it” or gchatting my brother to say something similar.
Here’s How a Sometimes Healthy Girl Copes with Stress
1. She finds a healthier alternative to her UNhealthy go-to habits, such as downing an entire 1 pound bag of pretzels in under 60 minutes.
Chomping on apples calms my nerves. I never said 3 a day was “normal” but I feel it’s a step up from the giant bag of pretzels. The Reddi Whip is a whole different issue…that just can’t be helped.
2. She walks home in the pouring rain.
As I mentioned last week, walking home really gives me time to slow down a little bit and think. During the day, my mind is usually moving at a mile a minute, so walking home gives me time to process and decompress. I think I’m starting to like walking in the rain. It makes me feel so…low-maintenance.
3. She creates incentives to motivate herself to work out.
Since I had not yet seen the “I Don’t Want to Work Out” flow chart posted on Carrots n’ Cake (please check this out!), it was pretty hard for me to convince my exhausted self to work out last night. But, by timing my work out to coincide with The Voice, I easily made it happen. Knowing I just had to make my legs move while being entertained by that adorable little Javier Colon (what a cutie!) made it just a little easier to throw on those gym clothes.
4. She Makes up Excuses to Throw Ice Cream Parties.
Okay, that’s not entirely true. The ice cream party was for our interns, who started yesterday. But I’m sure you can pretty easily guess who organized the party. Your truly. And I made sure to have plenty of cans of Reddi Whip so that I could steal one all for myself. Thus, the beautiful picture above. My ice cream sundae consisted of two small scoops of ice cream, 1/4 a can of Reddi Whip, 6 cherries and some sprinkles. My coworkers didn’t even tease me about this one, because by now, they know what to expect from a stressed out Sometimes Healthy Girl.
5. When all else fails, she reads a cheesy poem about an underdog who never quits.
For some reason, I’ve always considered myself an underdog. I’m not really sure why. Perhaps, it’s because back in the 1st grade, I wasn’t allowed to play Red Rover due to fear of breaking my fragile, skinny arms. Or maybe it’s because I had buck teeth up until I got braces when I was 16 (trust me people, there is nothing more humbling than growing up with two big front teeth that stick out ever so slightly over your bottom lip and following that up by accessorizing your very first prom dress with a shiny pair of braces.) Or perhaps it’s simply because a lot of times, it feels like I have to work just a bit harder and longer than most of the people around me to get the job done right.
Regardless, since high school, I’ve really had this “the underdog can overcome anything” mentality. I once found this poem that completely represents the way that I approach life, and since then, I’ve brought it with me everywhere. It’s hanging on my fridge, in my office and on my wall at home in Omaha. It’s 100% cheesy, but just because Chloe is coming to town, I am going to share with all of you.
I didn’t write this poem…and I have no idea who did. But whoever you are, thanks for helping this Sometimes Healthy Girl develop a life motto!
And with that, I’m off to indulge my stress/Chloe-cravings with The Notebook and some fro yo!
How do you cope with stress? Any favorite sayings/poems.