Stress has been weighing me down this week.
On Monday morning, two unfortunate events occurred within 10 minutes of each other. First, a tree came down across our driveway. Then, my laptop conked out. So, I turned on my cell phone, logged onto Facebook and reached out to you, InspiraGang, and you helped tremendously.
First, my friend and colleague Chuck Hendershot, owner of Feel @Home Realty, came over and chopped up the tree and he called Pablo Chica, owner of Sunflower Landscaping, to take away the cut logs. Problem solved.
For the laptop, I posted on two Facebook group pages, asking for recommendations for a reputable, reasonably priced, local IT person. Knowledgeable and kind Chris D’Amato showed up on my doorstep on Tuesday evening and transferred my files to my mom’s laptop until I can get a new laptop. If you need an IT person, I can put you in touch with him.
It was stressful not being able to get computer work done for a couple of days, but I managed by filling up the time knitting, crocheting and cleaning up a lot of paper work. I hate that last task, but it did feel good to get it done.
Now, I am back on-line, but the stress continued.
Earlier this year, I entered into an agreement to barter services with a colleague. This morning, he welched on the agreement and sent me a bill. Now, I am faced with initiating an uncomfortable conversation. If someone is going to dishonor you and your business agreement and you can’t resolve the issue, it’s probably best to break ties. While I will speak up for what is ethically right, it’s still upsetting that the business relationship may end.
In addition to the bill from my colleague, I also received a rather large medical bill in error. So, tomorrow I have to call the billing department at the physician’s office and the insurance company to resolve the issue.
There is an expression that my friend Kathy uses for the worrisome thoughts that takes up space in one’s brain: The Itty Bitty Shitty Committee. This week, my IBSC was working overtime to stress me out.
Enter my friend and yoga/meditation teacher, Linda Metcalfe. Linda is one of the deacons at my church. She began visiting me when I went on bed rest last year and she started teaching me yoga at our first meeting. It was wonderful. We have been having regular yoga and meditation sessions ever since and she and they have been vital to my healing. The breathing exercises alone have gotten me through nerve-wracking wound check-ups.
I could not wait until Linda’s visit today because I knew it would help and it did. Minutes into the session, I was gifted with clarity on how to handle the erroneous medical bill and the difficult conversation with my colleague.
While I can practice yoga and meditation on my own, there’s nothing like practicing with a trusted and caring friend. It helps me think through problems with amazing clarity and it’s one of the best ways I know to manage stress and maintain one’s peace.
If you want to learn yoga and meditation with a certified, experienced instructor, I highly recommend Linda Metcalfe. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (908)256-6879.
How do you manage your stress? Please share in the comments below.