What does writing, dancing, and praying all have in common? Stress. Dealing with stress is a part of everyone’s lives. I do not know that I have gotten any better at dealing with stress as I have gotten older, I have changed how I deal with it now. Somewhat.
When I was younger I would write, go for walks, rock climbing at the Dens, go dancing, or clear my night to hang out with friends. Now that I have three children the way I deal with stress has changed some. No longer do I spend the night out dancing with friends to take my mind off of things and relax.
I still write, that is a wonderful way for me to deal with things. I can always write about what is bothering me. Have a character deal with what is going on and conquer it in some way. I have written silly stories for my kids to take my mind off of what is bothering me. When Quin had his surgery on his eyes I wrote. Sitting in the hospital waiting for them to finish the procedure I had my laptop out and wrote.
I still dance. Now it is dance parties at home. I’ll turn on some music, make my kids get up, and we’ll dance around. These dance parties are a million times better than going to the dance club ever was.
I pray, the biggest way I have found to deal with stress is to pray. This has helped me more than anything else has. Being able to turn over my problems to God is something I am ever so thankful for. I really do not have the words to express myself in this area. I know that it has helped. When Quin had his surgery a nurse came out and told me I was needed in the recovery room. I prayed so hard on the way to that room afraid something had happened to him. Turned out they had gotten me because he was in a panic from not being able to see and thought my presence there would help him, which it did.
This is how I deal with stress. It is nothing complicated but it works. How do you deal with stress?