How do you deal with stress?

I have recently been re-introduced to my old friend stress.  With a class that is intensely split over only three weekends in a row, I have quickly begun to feel the pressures of school all come back to me.  I am good at time management and generally keeping my cool, but my inner tension is just painful.

Today, I went for a run, got to work on time, have day laid out well.  But I had an unexpected email from my professor regarding the “assignment” for tomorrow.  She had made it sound like a short, simple, quick submission of ideas for our final project.  The email she sent, however, is a sample of a complete and well organized project proposal.  This means cancelling tonight’s plans to make sure I get it done well,  on top of continually studying for the test she is giving us Friday.  Ugh.

I’m not meaning to complain–it’s all great and interesting and I’d probably be 100% content if I wasn’t stuck at work all day instead of at home, firing this out.  But I am where I am.  So how do you deal with the stress of knowing there are things you need to get done, but you can’t do them right now?  How do I take those things out of my head until the appropriate time?

5 thoughts on “How do you deal with stress?

  1. This sounds not fun. I felt that kind of stress a lot during the school year….I knew that during the day, I had to teach (after all, there were 22 kids sitting there watching me expectantly), but that there was so much work to be done in preparation for the next day. Once the kids left, the daunting task of paper grading, copy making, and lesson planning for the next day began. I just kept a to-do list at my desk during the day, so that when I thought of something I couldn’t do right away, I could write it down–it relieved my stress to know that I didn’t have to think about it anymore, because I knew I wouldn’t forget.

  2. I just wanted to say that I really like your blog. You seem like a really smart, fun, creative, innovative person with a lot of great ideas. I wish I could be more like that. I love your Tasty Tuesdays & always tell myself that I will try to do something new & exciting like that but I’m just too lazy….
    Also, I like all your photos & just about everything about your blog. This may sound a little stalker-ish but you really inspire me & I wish I were like you. I just really like all the cool little crafts you are always making, etc.
    Okay now I just sound stupid so I’m gonna go now….

    • Thanks! I really appreciate the comments. Over the last year, since graduating college, I’ve found a really strong need to find new ways to challenge myself. If I get bored, I get depressed–that’s where my motivation comes from. I am on a constant quest of inspriation, and much of it comes from looking at other blogs and writers’ creativities!! My google reader is my favorite tool. So fun to see what’s all going on out there :)

  3. If I were you I would just take things as they come. What usually happens is when you think about all the things you need to do in the future you are overwhelmed by the big picture when really all you need to do is to put one foot in front of the other in times like these.
    But honestly if a professor emailed me the day before to hand in some major proposal that was not mentioned previously I would probably argue that it’s not reasonable due to work committments.

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