The other day I was driving to an event with my girlfriend group. We were visiting a “cat cafe”. Basically you pay an admission fee that goes towards cat rescue, and then you get to enjoy hanging out in a room full of sweet cats who are available for adoption. Great concept. Sounded relaxing.
On the way over, however, a huge Texas-sized pickup truck whips across the road right in front of me. Asshole!! Then coming out of a parking lot a lady in another big truck turns too soon and nearly hits me. Whore! Then I get behind someone going about 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. Oh my god, fuck you!!
By the time I get to the event I’m so stressed and angry that I’m ready to murder. Not the right frame of mind to go play with some kitties. I had to sit in my car and do some deep breathing before I could even think about going in.
Encountering bad drivers is annoying, however, the level of my reaction was a little over the top. If I’m being honest, I’ve been angry virtually every day this week, and most times I don’t even need a reason. The smallest of things is making me irrationally pissy and hateful.
It’s obviously not the drivers, so what’s up?
In reflection, it’s been kinda stressful lately. I had company last weekend. I crammed a couple of social events into the week, in addition to working on my blog and going to my full time job.
I’m also low on funds this month. Not really shocking, but adds to my stress. I’ve been eating lunch out of the vending machine, because I’m constantly running somewhere and had no time to cook or prep for anything this week.
I came to the conclusion that I was so busy being busy, that I neglected to show myself some love and care.
I’m dying from a lack of downtime. I haven’t eaten anything healthy this week, haven’t taken 30 minutes to do a pilates workout, hardly even taken time to shower. No wonder I’m in full blown bitch mode.
I’d be shocked if you can’t relate to this. Women are very nurturing by nature … except to themselves. It isn’t selfish to take some time for yourself.
So slow down, do something you enjoy. and I’m giving you full permission to say no, without explanation, to something you really don’t want to do.
This upcoming week, I need to get back on my routine. Check out Getting Ahead of the Game to see how I approach making my life easier. Please, pay no attention to the fact that I didn’t follow my own advice this week. It’s still good information.
I also plan to get to work a little later, taking extra time to ease into my morning. I’m not going to skip over anything that will benefit me. That means a good night’s rest, working out, eating better, and pampering myself.
Come next week, I should be feeling much less like a heinous bitch and more user friendly.
Anyone else out there feeling overly stressed and angry? I urge you to take some extra time just for you this week. Share in the comments below how you are feeling or share some of your best advice for keeping your sanity.
Taking a chill pill.