The Guide To Less Stress
My heart is still in my mouth.
It’s been pumping there since we got back from the village this morning where, in my hurry, I made the mistake of tying Hatchi to a chair outside the café, whilst I went in to order coffee.
Two seconds later the waitress is shouting at me “guarda” “guarda” and I turn around to see my 40-kilo dog jumping up and down.
I think he’s playing for a second until I call him and he runs away from me, chair in tow, dragging right behind him.
He’s hyper now and running so fast.
Suddenly he’s at the edge of the road and my breath is shortening and my chest tightening, I’m screaming like a crazy woman and shopkeepers are coming out to see what’s happened.
Francesco hears me and comes running from the butchers on the opposite side of the road and shouts an authoritarian STOP, halting Hatchi and the traffic to a stand still, just on time.
Tears well up in my eyes as I watch my dog stressed out in the middle of the road with that f***ing chair still stuck to him.
With adrenalin still pumping through me, I fear what Francesco’s going to say.
Instead he calmly asks “What happened” ?
But I’m lost for words and can’t catch my breath to speak; now I know I’m seriously stressed.
We finally get Hatchi off the road away from the cars and untie him from the chair.
As we return to the café where the lattes are waiting, I’m wishing I had brandy to put in mine.
Francesco reassures me: “He got spooked Grace, being tied to that chair, that’s all ”.
I’m crying now.
I’m angry with myself because I know this drama is the result of my mindless hurrying to fit too many things in at once.
And that’s the cause of most stress.
Not giving yourself enough of it.
Aiming to do way too much in too small a container, rendering your stress levels sky high.
The Guide To Less Stress
Stress, busyness, overwhelm , it’s all an avoidance strategy keeping you blocked financially and creatively.
Action– Look at who or what you don’t want to deal with now and go address them or it. It’s the first step to ending to all sorts of chaos.
Double or nothing.
According to Marie Forleo , women entrepreneurs underestimate how much time they really need to complete things.
Action- Take a look at your upcoming tasks and diary and double the containers of time you’re permitting for each.
You don’t have to do everything woman and stop basing your self-esteem on how much you do in a day instead do the following:
1) Write a WWW (what went well?) list at the end of each day and get clear on how well you’re doing and be kind to yourself in doing so.
2) Begin voicing your desire for support, start in your family, consider hiring an assistant and if mess is the cause of your stress start clearing stuff out, get a cleaner , simplify your environment and your daily “to do’s” once and for all.
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