Dealing with Severe Stress

woman Breathe in, breathe out, repeat as needed to sustain life. Most of the time, this one will take care of itself.

If it is absolutely necessary to go somewhere, put your left foot in front of your right foot, then your right foot in front of your left.

Repeat as often as necessary, or until someone says you are there. When you arrive, you may need to ask someone why you are there, because you have likely forgotten. If they don’t know why, it probably wasn’t all that important.

Don’t bother making a list. You won’t be able to find it anyway. If you do find it, you won’t know what anything on it means.

Open mouth, chew, and swallow food occasionally. This may be especially important if it has been more than a few days.

Tasting the food, or remembering what you ate is not important, as long as you remember to feed the kids and the dog. Don’t worry. They will remind you.

If there are fires that are threatening to cause excessive damage, you may need to put them out. Start with the big ones first. Some of them can be left to burn themselves out. Occasionally asking a friend to put the dang things out is okay.

That funny ringing you keep hearing is the phone. Don’t throw it in the garbage. You may want it again some day. Just ignore it. Voice mail will pick it up eventually.

Don’t look at the tequila bottle. If you have one shot, you will want the entire bottle, which won’t be the smartest thing you have ever done if you have forgotten to open your mouth, chew, and swallow food occasionally. It won’t help you sleep. It will just make you sick.

If you smell something funny, it might be you. Consider taking a shower and brushing your teeth. If that takes too much energy, let the dogs up on your lap. They will lick the tears from your face and give you a little sponge bath.

When all of the above things fail to get you through the day, tell God you are weary, and let him take the wheel for a bit.

Cricket Walker

(3) Comments

  1. Valerie
    ValerieMar 02, 2011

    Lol! Sounds like me lately and especially today since I hurt my back. Finally got myself to take a shower baby crying and all. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Cricket Walker
    Cricket WalkerMar 02, 2011

    I hope you feel better soon!

  3. Gary
    GaryApr 18, 2012

    I so so much enjoyed reading this!!

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