Kicking Stress to the Curb
Taking time to unplug is just as important as crossing items off the never-ending To Do List
Face it folks. Stress will find you.
It doesn’t matter how many chai lattes you sit and sip while listening to the latest single by Norah Jones.
Stress won’t stay at bay even if you hire a personal assistant to pick up the dry cleaning, address the ‘thank you’ cards and bathe the dog.
Stress is that thing you can’t escape... Especially if you are a parent, stay at home or work outside the home, live in an urban community, have siblings, elderly parents, maintain a household, relationships, a budget, commute during rush hour, keep up with kids busy schedules, plan dinners, vacations and date nights… etc. etc.
I could keep going, but I think you get my drift.
My own biggest stressor is one I tend to create myself. It comes from an inability to say a tiny, little word – no.
Well… I can say it. I just need to say it a little more often.
As a local news personality I often get asked to speak to various groups, serve as mistress of ceremonies for events, visit schools and speak to students. I count these opportunities among my greatest blessings. It’s an honor to be considered for them and I wish I could spend more time doing it.
As you can imagine… the challenge is finding the time for it all.
That is… time for my family, my full-time job as a reporter for FOX 4 News and community service. With the former… I wear a few different hats. I’m a wife and mom, not to mention a daughter, sister and home-girl with many friends whom I adore throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The best way for me to counter stress is to balance and prioritize everything. If I don’t… an overwhelming sense of anxiety will get the best of me.
To this end-- I make lists for everything to stay organized and keep up with requests. More importantly I’m learning to say, ‘no’ a little more, especially when a request conflicts with family plans or a lack of rest… which leads me to the way I started this post.
Everyone needs a zone that implies, “This space intentionally left blank!”
We have to take time to unplug. Designate a time to do nothing. Don’t text anyone, check email or answer calls. Instead, do something you consider soothing and relaxing. Take a bubble bath go for a walk at one of the many nature trails throughout your surrounding communities.
I can spend just a few minutes quietly taking in the sights and sounds at Southlake’s Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve and feel an almost immediate calm coming over me.
Find your “calm,” and enjoy it for 15 minutes or 2 hours. It’s up to you… whatever makes you happy and feeling de-stressed. That’s the key.
So now it’s your turn to identify the stressor(s) in your life. Once you do… I challenge you to design a plan to counter it. Trust me… you’ll be glad you did.
Dionne Anglin is a TV news reporter with FOX 4 News. She, her husband, daughter and their rambunctious dog, a one-year old Vizsla, live in North Keller. Dionne is always looking for new ways to explore her North Tarrant County community… and that often includes the lure of new restaurants, shops and jogging at different parks—but also the quest for locating cozy spots to enjoy coffee and plain old people watching. Check out her blog to keep up with her adventures in maintaining a career and “mom-dom” with a unique sense of style at Reporter Mom.