Oh, to have the life of a dog

My dogs come inside every night and flop themselves onto the floor, roll onto their backs, and wiggle back and forth as if to say, “I am so happy to be alive!” Sometimes, I watch them and think how easy their lives are. How nice it must be to be so carefree.

Sometimes, I wish I could be that carefree.

Saying I’ve been stressed this week would an understatement. I have a headache that is screaming, “STRESS! STRESS! STRESS!” with every throb. I don’t handle stress well. A main reason for this is because I don’t just feel things… I FEEL THINGS. The stress of this week has almost been too much.

All week, I’ve told myself that I was going to work out. Working out is an excellent stress relief, right? Every morning, I got up wanting to face the day and get a work out in. Every day, I get home in the evening and collapse on the couch. My body has just been to drained.

I’m not going to beat myself up about this week. It happened, it is almost over, and I survived. I may not have handled my stress in the best of ways. I held on to stress when I probably didn’t need to. I’ve cried so much that my head now hurts.

Beating myself up would only cause more stress, right? I’m not going to do that. Instead, I’m going to plan to spend the weekend not stressing. I’m going to surround myself with things that make me happy, things that make me laugh, and things that make me smile. I’m going to take my dogs on walks, and play with my nephew, and take my bike for a ride.

I know that I will never be able to be totally carefree. I know I will always worry and FEEL STRESS, but I am going to work on learning to take my dogs’ approach to life. I’m going to stretch and wiggle back and forth on my back and sigh with happiness because I know that when I look at the bigger picture I have a lot to be thankful for, many people who love me, and loads of things to look forward to.

When I look at the bigger picture, I know that life is good.

How do you deal with stress? If you’re like me, what is one way that you could deal with it better?

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  • Anonymous

    Um….I think it’s rather obvious by looking at me you can “SEE” how I deal with stress! I eat CRAP food and LOTS of it!! BUT….I am learning (finally) that eating to deal with my stress doesn’t solve anything and it only makes the situation worse. So….how am I learning to deal with it…I’m getting away from the source(s) of my stress as fast as I can. Just this week I was stressed out with That Other Kid and I was yelling at him. I realized that wasn’t helping either one of us so I decided to LEAVE the house. I went to Target and just browsed around (since I couldn’t really shop) and then I went home and exercised! i felt so much better cuz I took action and got away from the source of the problem and i didn’t EAT!!

  • Anonymous

    I call on my friends when I’m really stressed.  You should try it.  You have my number.  ((hugs))

    I hope the weekend with your puppies, nephew and bike help to make next week less stressful for you.