- pressure or tension exerted on a material object
“the distribution of stress is uniform across the bar”
- a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
“he’s obviously under a lot of stress”
This week I have been 95% stress, 5% myself.
It has been a week full of testing, annoying, frustrating, infuriating problems that have seemed to take ages to resolve! It has consisted mostly of waiting for paperwork, waiting for email replies, waiting for phone calls: all things that I have absolutely no control over. The stresses and strains of the week led to me having a little breakdown – I felt out of control, frustrated and nearly ready to fly home (I was being a little dramatic).
Just at the tears arrived, I felt a moment of relief. I had held in the stress and worry of the week that felt unbearable, which in their entirety, felt huge and unworkable! What I’d not done, was help myself to break down the issues I was facing and make them into smaller chunks to deal with. Also, I had not taken any time for me: time that is important when the weeks feel infuriating and stressful.
When I got back in the house, I decided that the best thing was to have some ‘me’ time and take a long yoga session mostly focusing on breath and stretching. I started with my neck and shoulders and couldn’t believe how tight they felt! I was obviously holding all my tension from the last few weeks here, and on reflection now, whilst writing my blog, was probably the reason why my headaches had made an appearance again.
I forgot how relaxed I feel from doing just a few simple stretches. Just taking time to focus on the tension through the stretch and the breath, until you feel it melt away, is just a perfect way to relax, chill yourself out and feel better.