Tuesday, April 26, 2016

My Struggles Dealing With Stress

It has been several days since I’ve had the inclination, energy, desire, ability, or brainpower to write after my workday. Nearly one month after they flipped the switch on the integration for my department at the merged company, the gifts of transition keep giving.  Are they necessarily bad? Not at all! But change is stressful even in the most positive circumstances. I can see that I will like my new role. However, the challenges of morphing into the new structure are palpable.  So it was no surprise that my dentist recommended I use a mouth-guard at night to prevent my grinding my pearly whites to nubs before I retire.

I’ve already bitten through and destroyed 2 custom mouth guards. I am not willing to undergo the process of having a third created nor do I relish the financial output not covered by my dental insurance to have a 3rd custom product designed. So, I’ve decided to use an over-the-counter product at $30 a shot to see if I get a bigger bang for my buck. Time will tell.

Since yoga and gardening alone are not relieving my tension, I decided to focus on the characteristics I want to cultivate to thrive in my new environment. One of the tools I learned during my years in Al Anon was to consider something for which I feel gratefulness using every letter of the Alphabet. So, today while in Shivasana during my yoga practice I concentrated on what I want to cultivate in my life:

A-    Acceptance
B-    Beauty
C-    Confidence
D-   Delight
E-    Empathy
F-    Fairness
G-    Gratitude
H-   Happiness
I-     Independence
J-     Joy
K-   Kindness
L-    Love
M-  Mindfulness
N-   Namaste
O-   Open Mindedness
P-    Peace
Q-   Quiet
R-    Resourcefulness
S-    Serenity
T-    Tranquility
U-   Understanding
V-    Vivaciousness
W-  Wonder
Z – Zestiness

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