Unlock Love - How to Handle Stress

Ugh. What a week! I got sick. I broke my toe. My pup got sick. My pup got sicker. My pup needed emergency surgery. The world stopped.

In spite of a million swirling projects and piling workload. It just stopped. Mac came first. Thankfully he is going to be fine, he's recovering well and hopefully will be home by his first birthday tomorrow (sans cake).

I was hanging out with him pre-surgery and I just started bawling. I was worried about him undergoing surgery, sad that he was so miserable, but it was so much more than that. It was stress about money (vet bills add up fast and I don't have insurance), it was feeling awful myself, it was the million other work things that have to get done because I'm the only one that can actually do them.

It was a lot.

So I cried.

For about an hour.

And I am not a crier. I can hold it together for pretty much anything other than a This is Us episode.

You know what though? It worked. It released the anxiety that had built up and was spilling over.

So often we bottle everything in. We think we have to be stoic and strong. We think that giving in to our emotions is weak.

But that sadness/anger/frustration needs to be felt to move through it. If you don't let it out, it remains a toxic vessel within your body. And I have seen what holding it in can do to someone physically. It's dangerous.

Not a crier? Here are some other things you can do to release that trapped energy:

  • Write it out. Pen to paper (its far more effective than fingers to keys). Write out everything you're feeling free form. Just let it pour onto the page. It doesn't even need to make sense. Keep going until you feel like its time to stop.
  • Talk it out. Find a friend to vent to. If you don't have friends that will listen, find a therapist or coach. Just talking through all of your stress and anxiety will make a huge impact.
  • Hug it out. Surround yourself with people who love you. I'm not going to lie, I wanted my mom. She's in South Carolina at the moment, so I settled for phone calls. But man, I needed to hear it would all be ok from her.

Today? Today I feel great. Im moving forward. I feel positive. I can't wait to hug my furbaby and get back to work.

Sending you so much love.