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I Shall Not Be Stressed (This is not a New Year’s Resolution)

I Shall Not Be Stressed…

This is not a New Year’s Resolution. Although, at the time I’m writing this, it is the first Monday, of the first month, of the New Year. Full disclosure: I spent the last few weeks of last year super stressed out.😩 Along with my yearly: “Christmas is coming and I’m not ready” madness, coupled with my “omg I have to clean my entire house, wash all these clothes, and plan every detail of my upcoming year” insanity, I added an unhealthy dose of “perfectionist, overachieving at work in-the-middle-of-a-pandemic” stress.

I Shall Not Be Stressed…

This is not a New Year’s Resolution. This is a “something has got to change right now, and I’m the only one that can do it-solution.” Funny thing, as I was declaring to myself that “I have to destress because stress is not good for me” (because I have to be the only person on the planet that gets stressed about being stressed! 😵‍💫), I decided to look up the definition of stress. Why, you ask? Because I love words, and I hate to take for granted that I know the fullness of what familiar words mean, so I always look them up on my dictionary app. Okay, I admit it, I’m a nerd. But a super cool, jazzy, cute one. 🤓😉

Back to my point, I’m a nerd, and I looked up the word stress and I gasped when I read the first definition.

noun

Stress: importance attached to a thing

I blinked. Then read it again. “Importance attached to a thing.” As I wrinkled my forehead slightly, I asked myself, “who attached the importance?”🤔 Because, for something to be attached (joined, connected, bound), someone had to attach it. Then it all became clear: I was The One!!! I was the attacher that was doing all the attaching! 🤯 But before my inner-critic could start her blame game and relentless accusations of how I’m the cause of all my problems (she’s a liar)…I realized that I am The Solution! Hear me. The reason why I have been stressed is because I attached importance to a thing! Here’s the good news, if I attached it, I can detach it! I must be powerful! Poof, be gone stress!

I Shall Not Be Stressed…

Okay, maybe it’s not as easy as waving a magic wand, but I have to admit, I truly feel more powerful. I realize now that sooooo much of what was stressing me out, graying my hair, and causing me to lose sleep and peace, was all a matter of my perspective and the importance I placed on a thing. Yes, the holidays are important to my family, and I am trying to create lasting memories with my children; however, if I’m running around like a maniac with a light-up sweater and light-up antlers (that I can’t even look directly at or enjoy because they are a migraine trigger 😖), I’ll miss the joy, and isn’t that the whole point? The JOY. That’s what I don’t want to miss.

I Shall Not Be Stressed…

So, this is not a New Year’s Resolution. This is a declaration: I shall not be stressed! What I will do is stop, breathe, rest, and recover. I will not attach importance to things that are not… important. I get to choose what’s important. And I’m putting My Peace on the top of that list.

Talk to me:

What have you attached importance to that you may need to reevaluate? How will you prioritize peace, calm, joy, tranquility, or whatever your soul needs going forward? Because that’s the only place we can go: forward. Our joy is waiting on us. I’m with you and cheering you on all the way. You are Unstoppable!

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