Friday. I’ve been seriously counting down the days since Monday. I’m taking all next week off for a stay-cation. It was a last minute decision, but I have too many vacation days saved up (I have no idea how that happened! I feel like I’ve been going away a lot lately) and they won’t all carry over when the fiscal year starts Sept 1…hence the last week of August vacation.
I need it. I’m ridiculously burnt out. My desk at work looks like something out of the TV show Hoarders. I haven’t blow-dryed my hair in over 2 weeks. And no matter how many hours I sleep at night, I always feel like an exhausted mess during the day.
photo from Folsom…pretty, huh?
I don’t handle stress very well. The last 8 weeks have been super stressful at work, but I think I made it even more stressful than necessary because I just tend to be a worrywart, over think the little things sometimes, and take some of my stress home with me (aka, the night before a big work event, I can’t think about anything but the event, can’t relax, etc).
It’s a really bad habit. This constant state of stress lately is so unhealthy. Even though I plan to spend vacation week hanging out in yoga pants, watching the Today show, and getting some extra workouts in at the gym…I think I need more permanent stress solutions because I know me and this feeling is bound to return. Yoga, exercise, and sleep help. So does accepting and letting go (things I have trouble with). But what other things do you do to relieve stress and make sure that you don’t bring work/school stress home with you at the end of the day? Or is is just inevitable during certain extra-busy times of the year?
Curious what you guys do. Enough about that though.
On a lighter, IT’S FRIDAY note. I saw a fun survey on a couple blogs this week (and we all know how I love blog surveys) and I felt like sharing this one.
Here we go:
Thin crust pizza or Deep Dish Pizza?
Thin crust. Deep dish is just too heavy, I don’t feel good after I eat it.
Cake or Brownie?
I’d probably pick cake because I love the frosting, but I make amazing brownies. It’s my one signature dessert. If you ever need to-die-for brownie recipe, email me.
Mexican or Italian?
Mexican! Burritos, soft tacos, guacamole, enchiladas…..I love so many Mexican dishes! We have so many good buritto shops in SF that I think I’m extra spoiled.
Chips or Fries?
Fries! I used to not like chips, but Jared eats a lot of them, so I started snacking on them with him occasionally and they’ve grown on me. But at the end of the day, I’ll take sweet potato fries (dipped in tons of ketchup) any day!
Strawberries or Blueberries?
Blueberries, of course. You’re not surprised about that one, I’m guessing.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee. But I am trying to drink more green tea throughout the day.
Chicken or Steak?
Chicken. I do like the occasional good steak once in a while. And even though this isn’t an option, I would really pick fish anyday over the other two.
Milk Chocolate or Dark Chocolate?
Dark. Esp dark chocolate covered almonds.
Almond Butter or Peanut Butter?
Peanut butter. I’m trying to like almond butter more (there’s the whole- peanuts are legumes and not that easy to digest thing…..and I get a lot of stomach aches, so think it might help), but I still love peanut butter so much. Apples and pb, celery & pb, graham cracker & pb, banana & pb, carrots & pb, rice cracker & pb…..you name it, I love it. Crunchy, no added sugars or salt, please.
Apple or Orange?
Orange. It’s funny, my friend and I just had this conversation on Monday. She’s apples all the way. But I’m really into oranges these days.
Ok, I love reading your answers soooo…..
– Have you ever taken a stay-cation?
– Mexican or Italian? Apples or Oranges? (or answer another one)
– Is stress just inevitable sometimes? Or do you have some good de-stress advice?
– Do you think you stress more than necessary often? (like me) or are you good about letting go and managing your stress.