Everyone I know is under pressure! None of us is getting a free pass.
That's when our true colors come out, when we are squeezed.
Ever think you can't do it? That's a lie. Those who handle pressure learned how, by taking steps to train, by trial and error. And they weren't perfect and still are not perfect.
The only difference between someone who crumbles and quits, and others who don't, is pure grit and learning about failures, and letting themselves feel uncomfortable and imperfect.
It's not a special gift.
It's something you learn.
It's something YOU can learn.
It's something I can learn. I'm far from perfect at it, but understanding this helps me know there is no reason I can't learn to be better at it every day that I have life left in me.
The last thing I wanted to do today was take pictures. I haven't had a good week. I'm glad it's over. I'm tired. I don't sleep well because of pain and issues. I'm concerned about the world around me. So many things hurt my soul. It's a pain to go to the grocery store or anywhere else. I just want to hide under the covers.
Today is Sunday. I woke up early and it was still dark. I drank some coffee and got some work done. I was cold, and I crawled back in bed just to get warm before embarking on the next task. I feel asleep and got another REM cycle in, which is really weird because I got 8 hours sleep last night and I had coffee! I never fall asleep with coffee in my system... unless. I'm under pressure. Even if I allow enough sleep, it's not as good as it should be, so it makes me tired.
I don't feel under pressure. I guess I got used to it.
I'm tired again, at the moment. I want to crawl back under the covers. I'm tired of people thinking I have it all together, or that I have more energy, or that I'm not as daunted and overwhelmed by learning new things. I hurt just as much. I'm just as hungry. I'm just as tired. I'm just as achy. I'm just as shy and insecure. I hate the aging process. I get depressed about things and have to pull myself out of it.
One foot in front of the other...
So how do we deal with pressure?
Be real. You can smile and not be fake, even if you don't feel like smiling. You can think of things to say that are real when people ask how you are, "I'm learning how to deal with some things."
Allow yourself to not be perfect.
Get some exercise, it doesn't have to be a marathon workout.
Drink water. If you are cold, drink tea, or pour a little hot tea into some water and chug it down. It's THE energy drink. A study showed that even when you don't feel thirsty, that once you drink water, it relieves your brain and enables it to handle the task at hand.
Make a list of what needs to get done.
Pick one thing and focus on it.
Take regular breaks from your work, doing the work in intervals.
Appreciate what you have accomplished, and check things off this list.
We can!!! Don't ya think?
PS I got those weekly tasks in the picture done. They will reset at midnight for the week. I have other lists to work on now, but that list is waiting for me again, week after week, under pressure!