advice, life, stress

Aisha, the stressed out jitterbug

To make a long story short: I’m feeling a bit stressed out lately [Long story coming as soon as I can find time to sit here and write about all of it] and when one thing after another piles up I tend to resemble a jittery person who may or may not have had ten cups of tea [which I have] and though I can tell myself that it’s all going to work out [because no matter what, it will] and everyone I love tells me this too [because short of life or death matters nothing is as difficult as it seems present matter included] I still feel like a puppy with enthusiastic tendencies who hasn’t had a walk in like a month. So why do I share this? Because I want your advice: What do you do to handle your stressful moments? What are your go-to relaxation tools and techniques that time and again work for you beyond anything else? Or tell me a joke. That might work too.

23 thoughts on “Aisha, the stressed out jitterbug”

  1. Cross-stitch. Really intricate, never-finish-it cross-stitch is the best, but really anything works. Or knitting. Or really anything to keep my hands & just the tiniest bit of my thoughts occupied. It soothes my brain when it's running on a hamster wheel. “See?” it says. “You're accomplishing something tangible. Now relax.”

    Also, Buffy the Vampire Slayer in large doses. Her problems are SO MUCH worse than mine…

    Hope things ease up soon for you!

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  2. Anon, you are right, mint/ginger tea is awesome– thanks for all the advice šŸ™‚

    Susan, thanks— how funny because I have the whole Buffy series on hand, just haven't gotten around to watching it– might have to start an episode a day. šŸ™‚

    Thanks anon, hugs are great šŸ™‚

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  3. Stress stinks I have a very very relaxed husband and that helps a LOT… he listens and gives me foot rubs. Also, I watch funny TV or movies, cook, take a walk. And, dumb as it sounds, I force myself to smile (even if it's fake), surprisingly it helps me a LOT. Hope you feel better soon… hang in there! šŸ™‚

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  4. Fruitful, just the mental image made me smile! I think some Harry Potter re-reading is just what the doctor ordered. Thanks for the advice!

    Ash, my poor husband is indeed my sounding board but I think the board is beginning to splinter from all the jittery energy going its way, lol šŸ˜‰

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  5. Julia, foot rubs are magical, and you are SO right, forcing a smiel can help your emotional self fall in line sometimes, thanks for the reminder!

    C, wow that is so impressive, how do you maintain the focus for that much time!

    Jamila, true thanks for the reminder!

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  6. o mein gott, your post is EXACTLY HOW I FEEL TODAY, aisha! well, how i've felt for the past couple of weeks, actually. i was sitting here feeling all jittery and stressed-out, clicked over to your blog, and found a post that i could have written as well!

    i'm sorry to hear about your stress — i hope everything smooths out for you soon, inshaAllah! meanwhile, your commenters are AMAZING, and their advice has been helpful for me to read, too. am going to take a bubblebath tonight, for sure! adding to today's to-do list: buy myself some bath salts! =)))

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  7. Aw Yasmine, sorry your'e stressed out too but glad that this post helped in some day– that made me smile so thank you for that! And yes my commenters are absolutely awesome alhamdullilah! Hope your'e well!!!!!

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  8. I take warm shower, a cup of tea….and look at the list…wht is not needed…….than I procrastinate for hours..drinking chai….browsing net….

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  9. LOL do you realize I read this joke shortly after you posted, went about my day, and then only just now did I get it? OH MY GOODNESS BRAIN CELLS RETURN TO ME AT ONCE! lol, thanks for the laugh!!! šŸ™‚

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  10. hi aisha, thanks for sharing how you're feeling…i've been feeling this way too and it's been helpful reading how other people deal with major stress. i've been wondering about it as well. i journal, or take a few minutes to centre myself by focusing on breathing…i find “alternative nostril breathing” helpful and relaxing, you can look it up online. also just being able to talk to someone and let it out without being judged or preached to is pretty nice šŸ™‚

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  11. Anon, amen!!!

    R, awww I'm sorry your'e having the same experience. But thanks for relating to this. I'm glad the commenters could help you, I now they helped me. Alternative nostril breathing. . . WOW I'm going to try that tonight! Thanks.

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