Monday, December 04, 2006

December Stress

The Christmas rush usually stresses people out. Now that it's only a few weeks before Christmas, some people may be itching to spend their well-earned bonus to buy gifts and food and/or go on a vacation. I don't blame them. I know Christmas should be a time for family and for simple pleasures but a fast-paced life in the city often results in lesser time for oneself and for quality rest and relaxation.

I have signs of stress for the past couple of months. I haven't consulted a doctor but had signs like missed periods, falling hair, impulsive buying and eating. When a friend asked me why I think I'm stressed I has difficulty pinpointing the real reason why. I said maybe because I think too much. She asked me what things I think about and I realized it's the little things-- family, my inability to save money for myself, my so-called love life, missing my sister, gaining weight, work-- all these little things piled up can really affect me. She suggested I listen to mellow music. I am doing that now while typing this. I hope I can afford getting a whole body massage session too. I think I need that as well, so I can just sit back and breathe.

My sister left for Ternate, Cavite early this morning for their immersion, one of the requirements to finish her Nursing course, and she'll be staying there for the next 3 weeks. I'm glad she'll be home before Christmas and New Year but will go back there again on the first week of January to spend probably another month there. It's sad. I haven't caught up on sleep since she left at 4 AM today. I'll be missing her despite the fact that I'm gonna have the bed and the room to myself (Haha!). It's like losing a part of me and we all have to adjust having no "noisy one" in the house. So, I decided to file for a 4-day leave after Christmas (and hope it will be approved). I just want to give some time for myself and for people who matter the most to me.

Any other suggestions on how to battle stress? Feel free to comment. :)


loryces said...

try mo aromatherapy oils specifically lavender, rosemary, geranium, and/or chamomile.

Jac said...

waaah ano aromatherapy ok sa depression kasi kahit may bonus kulang pa rin sa xmas gastos? LOLZ

Anonymous said...

spa or simple massages are a great way to relieve stress. if you're tight on the budget though, why not try going for a walk or a jog in a nearby park, it'll do you some good :)

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

Thanks for the suggestions! Will keep them in mind.

loryces: I'll try to look for those. Hope they're not too expensive. :)

jac: Haha! Same sentiments here.

jaz: I think I need a whole body massage. I've wanted that for years now and usually gave massages but not get one for myself.

Anonymous said...

Agree ako with Jaz. Massages work wonders! Include manicure, pedicure, and facial na rin :D

~*galenlondeien*~ said...

jennie: I agree. I think I need a foot spa as well. Haha!