I am heading into some of the busiest weeks of my life thus far: I write my final real estate exam at the end of May and the space between now and then is going to be a little NUTS.
I plan to actively ignore my children and husband as I thrust my face in the books and try to ram the entire contents of the course into my gray matter. Six weeks. I have hired a sitter to come a couple afternoons a week so I can be guaranteed some tantrum-less hours of quiet, but aside from that I’ll be moonlighting as a student once the kids are in bed every night. The course has been surprisingly challenging and there’s so much to master before I write the test. Gah. I get anxiety diarrhea just thinking about it.
And here is what stress looks like on me: big, juicy pimples on my forehead, canker sores in my mouth, and bloodied cuticles from the relentless nail-biting. Also, lots of yelling at loved ones. Good times all around, basically.
I know there are all these things one can do to help ease stress, like ensure a proper night’s sleep (hahahaaaa), make time to exercise and eat right (I’m giving it an honest try), meditate (yeah, no) and ask for help when she needs it (I am going to give myself permission to let the house go completely to pot and, as a reward for passing my exam, I shall hire a housecleaner for a day and let her pick of the pieces of our mayhem).
How do you deal with stress in your life? If you say, “I get so stressed I can’t eat and I lose weight!” I am going to drop-kick your jugular. It will be a big stress reliever for me, I imagine.