I Am Not Superwoman

Hey, I have something funny to share! It’s over 100*F outside and our a/c is on the fritz! Isn’t that hilarious?!?!

ISN’T IT?!?!?!?! :S

I think I’m going crazy…

This sweat happened while pitting cherries of all things. It happened whilst standing still, pitting cherries. I don’t know if you can see it but there’s a bead of sweat trickling down the right side of my face there just from standing still.

Did I mention it’s over 100*F outside?

It actually makes me NOT want to show what I ate for dinner last night because it was a hot meal. Alan and I, having barely spent any time with each other for over a week and won’t be spending any time together for at least another week, went on a dinner date when I got back into town yesterday. We went to one of my favourite restaurants: Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen! I ordered one of my favourite dishes, Hokien Mee which is a combination of buckwheat noodles, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, bok choy, tofu, veggie chicken and veggie shrimp in a garlic sauce. I ate every last drop and washed it down with a pineapple/coconut juice!

Groceries were still not bought by this morning so breakfast was yet another brown one.

Large iced coffee, a cranberry/lemon muffin and I bought this protein bar on a whim but by the time I left work it still hadn’t been eaten, maybe I’ll save it for an emergency.

I forgot to take pictures of lunch but I had a veggie patty on flatbread from Subway with a nectarine and a BioBest yogurt drink. I had a snack of two squares of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt and an apple.

I finally was able to grab a few groceries after work. Not much but enough to tide us over until Sunday. Lots of fresh vegetables and fruit as I’m in dire need of a detox after the craziness of the holiday weekend! I came right home and made up the only dinner I could possibly think of in this crazy heat. A gigantic salad and a Green Monster!

This thing was HUGE! I even put it in a medium sized mixing bowl! My salad contained:

  • Half a bag of mixed greens
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 big slice of red onion, chopped
  • cubed cucumber
  • sprinkle of sun dried tomatoes
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1c lentils
  • sprinkle of stinky blue cheese
  • greek/feta dressing

My Green Monster is murkier today! This is due to the cherries I added!

  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 large banana
  • 15 pitted cherries
  • 3/4c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder (Mom gave me some to get rid of)
  • 10 ice cubes

I must say, this was the perfect meal for today! There’s no WAY I was going to turn on anything that emitted heat this evening. Thankfully the a/c guy is coming in tomorrow morning! I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep very well tonight, our bedroom traps heat like crazy and even with two fans on us on full blast last night it was still hot.

As I mentioned, things have been crazy busy for me lately what with work, school, weddings and the like. Some days I feel really overwhelmed and little things like seeing the floors dusty make me upset because I just don’t have time to sweep (and neither does Alan). I know a lot of people, women in particular, have similar problems, you want to do it all but some things just aren’t possible. I have a tendency to be really hard on myself in these situations, similar to the Superwoman Syndrome, for some reason I have a hard time dealing with the idea that I actually can’t do it all. Having said that, since I’ve been back at school I’ve had to learn to be easier on myself and I’m much better than I used to be. Here are a few things that I’ve learned to help deal with situations where you feel really frazzled:

Relax: When you start feeling overwhelmed, stop and take three deep breaths. When you’re overwhelmed you’re body is tight and breathing shallow, taking the time to relax your muscles and breathe deeply will help you clear your head.

Make a To-Do list: Make a list of everything you need to get done for the week and break it down by day. Just having it written down will help to make things less stressful and you have a visual point of reference to know what needs to be done and when it will be done. Watching the list dwindle due to crossing items off is also a great stress reliever.

Exercise: Make sure you have exercise as a priority, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. This is proven to help calm you down and raise your endorphin levels to energize you and help you stay positive during your day.

Be Easy On Yourself: Be realistic, there’s no WAY you can do everything on your own. It’s impossible. All you can do is prioritize and if that means that the house doesn’t get dusted for a week or two than so be it, it’s really not that important.

Ask for help: Can’t get the house dusted for a while? Ask for help! It’s okay to ask for help. Your friends and family are there to do that for you, they honestly won’t think less of you for doing so. Ask your husband/boyfriend to help clean the house or grab the groceries, anything to help ease the burden. I can guarantee that they’ll jump at the chance to finally help you out.

Do something nice for yourself: Once a week do something nice for yourself, whether it be a pedicure or a night out with the girls or just a brief 10 minute bath. Carve out that time. Having some breathing room, some time just for you, will also help you to de-stress and clear your mind. When your mind is running at 150m per hour you stop thinking clearly and just start reacting. You want to make sure your mind is clear so take the time to help clear it.

10 minute clean up: As I mentioned, when I’m stressed, the housework gets to me big time so I decided to start a 10 minute clean up almost every day. I can always spare 10 minutes out of my day and if that helps to keep the house at least marginally tidy, I’ll take it. I’ve stopped letting the dishes pile up BEFORE I put them into the dishwasher and just do it immediately and sometimes while brushing my teeth I’ll do double-duty and wash the sink at the same time. It helps me to feel better and a bit more in control of things.

Do you have any tips for these kinds of situations? What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed?

7 Comments

  • At 2010.07.05 20:32, Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches said:

    These tips are great! My biggest stress reliever is definitely exercise. Running, in particular, always helps to get that gross, knotty stressed-out feeling out of my body. I also find listening to (or playing) music is quite cathartic. Even if I can only spend a few minutes playing the piano, I always find that it helps release some of those pent-up emotions.

    I heart ya on the no-cook meal thing. I absolutely refuse to turn on my stove again until this heatwave calms down. Lots of salads are in my future, I think.

    • At 2010.07.06 08:49, Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! said:

      I am salivating over your dinner. The salad/Green Monster combo is matched by none! A great way to detox after a weekend of decadent eating.

      I like your tips for de-stressing! I find that to-do lists are a big help, as is getting enough sleep. Coping on less than 7 hours is way too difficult. With that said, I hope your air conditioning-less sleep last night wasn’t awful! Just think how awesome it will be once it’s fixed :)

      • At 2010.07.06 11:37, amanda said:

        I think I would have died had I come home to no air conditioning last night. Died. (I’m not dramatic at ALL!) I really have to try this Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen place … looks sooooo good!

        I love the tips for destressing! The biggest things that I do when I’m stressed out is walk or sleep … I walk to think things through, and then I sleep and chances are I’ll be less stressed out in the morning. Talking to my grandmother on the phone also helps because it’s mindless banter and I learn all kinds of things about “back in her day” and “the war” and “the depression” … and then I kinda feel like I don’t have it so rough!

        • At 2010.07.07 12:24, Kristen said:

          Awesome tips! I actually use many of them already. Another one that helps me relax when life is getting crazy is just spending a couple minutes listening to a real get-up-and-go song! So motivating to get moving and DO something!

          I so want your salad…like RIGHT NOW want it! :-D

          • At 2010.07.07 15:51, Lisa @ I'm an Okie said:

            I love the 10 minute clean up rule! it’s a lifesaver b/c seeing all that clutter can just add more to your stress!

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              • At 2010.07.07 19:58, Kristina said:

                Thanks for the tips! The udon noodles look terrific!

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