Killer of joy.
Stealer of Sleep.
Instigator of stomach irritation.
Everywhere. Everyday. In the messy clutter of life.
I want to propose that stress is a choice.
When I walk into the facility where I work in the morning, I have a choice to embrace whatever comes my way with confidence and determination or to allow the insane craziness stress me out.
When I step through my front door after a 9 hour work day and an hour commute and trip over three pairs of shoes, see papers strewn all over my dining table, and find a sink overflowing with dirty dishes, I can choose to scream at my precious children for the house they have trashed or I can breathe deeply and take it in stride.
I can choose to waste a few more minutes on social media or I can choose to go to bed earlier and relish in precious sleep.
I can choose to eat the foods that I know make my body feel the best or I can make choices that make me feel crummy (sugar, too much chocolate and caffeine, not enough protein) and then make myself more susceptible to stress.
I am learning that health is a holistic approach…sleep, healthy eating, exercise and movement, healthy social connections, my faith and relationship with God, being true to my passions in life, and keeping a handle on stress in my life.
Take a deep breath today and choose joy over stress.