How many of these statements fit you?
“I feel tired in the morning, even after getting 7+ hours of sleep.”
“I get easily annoyed or agitate.”
“I feel exhausted most of the time.”
“It’s difficult to cope with with smallest of issues.”
“I have trouble making clear decisions.”
“I’m lacking the motivation for work, exercise, socializing, etc.”
“I have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.”
“I wake up anxious.”
“I tend to over-react to everyday things.”
“I crave sweets, salty, fats and/or alcohol.”
If you checked 4 or more, chances are you’ve turned into the stress-monster. The tricky thing about the stress-monster is that you don’t grow two heads, (even though people may look at you like you have) your skin doesn’t turn green, and you don’t really grow fangs. The stress-monster is a sneaky, harmless-looking creature who wakes groggily out of their cave, rubs their bloodshot eyes, broods over morning emails with their cup of coffee and screams expletives in commuter traffic. The stress-monster is far too busy being stressed to worry about eating properly, grabbing a danish here, a sandwich there, perhaps a meek co-worker as an afternoon snack. Ending their day with takeout and half a six-pack, jumping back on their laptop, sneering at all the ‘happy people’ on Facebook, and finally dragging itself back to its cave only to have a very restless night.
A few years ago I was sitting on my patio in Sausalito watching a sailboat being blown across the bay. I witnessed as its sails billowed to the north then to the south, and back to the north again. The captain was certainly challenged on this blustery day, yet from a distance it seemed like an effortless ballet across the water. It was at that moment when I really got that life is all about polarities.
It happened earlier this week…a bad day.
I was minding my own business and going about my normal morning routine. Took our daughter to school, went for a hike in the beautiful hills behind our house, said good morning to a few smiling dogs, got back to my desk and whammo!