Do you ever just feel like you need a mental health day? You know, those days where everything is just eating away at you, and all you want to do is scream, and/or slap a random individual, then crawl under a rock?
I have to admit, I had two of those days this week. Lately, things haven’t been going as planned.
- Because of issues with the house, we won’t be closing until the end of next week which means another week in a hotel on our dime.
- Issues with my last semester of grad school are a little overwhelming.
- I’m having severe culture shock being back in the U.S. not to mention feeling completely unsettled since we have been in a hotel for the past few weeks.
Tuesday afternoon, we were hit with this news about the house and decided to go out for sushi and saki with friends.
Wednesday, issues with school came up and left me busy all day leading to a horrible migraine combined with nausea. The hubs got to witness my stressed out craziness combined with PMS when I immediately broke down and cried like a baby while venting to him about nonsense after he simply asked how my day went after picking him up from work. Gah, I’m glad he loves me. I would have thought I was insane if I were him. Feeling just a tad better after crying, I promptly passed out around 6pm without dinner, woke up around 3am, then went back to sleep until 6:30am.
Thursday, I basically felt like crap all day with a headache and was still crying at the drop of a hat. No exercise except for some half-ass abs. Acting like a crazy hormonal lunatic ensued.
By Friday (today), I felt renewed and ready to conquer everything and anything. All the stress and and overall skin crawling irritation of absolutely nothing had faded away from the previous couple of days. I pounded out a great 90 minute ride on the spin bike this morning (my bike has yet to arrive with the rest of our boxes from Germany). It flew by!
After the bike, I quickly changed into my running shorts and headed out for a 4 mile run. My legs felt fresh. Some Diana Krall came on my ipod, and I sang some jazz while running on the desolate roads in the back of the air base. I saw some deer and rabbits out munching on the long wispy grasses. My breathing was somewhat labored, and I could feel the warm sun on my face. I usually don’t take two days off in a row, but I’m glad I did. I really think my body and mind needed it, and by this morning I was craving moving again.
It is amazing what two days of crying like a freak can do for your mental health.
I have always been a crier, and personally, I find it a great stress release that is sometimes more gratifying than a hard workout. However, it is not normal for me to be so emotional for one day straight let alone for two days. I’m going to just chalk it up to stress for now. It is over with, thank goodness!! I’m perfectly fine now, and as positive as I normally am!!
As for my first masters class? No go for this week. With the hubs and I sharing a car until our truck gets in from Germany (another stressful issue that I won’t bother you with), it has been a little difficult to get there on time if he has to work late. I’m going to attempt to go next week again. Next week has to go better than this week, right?
Oh, and another goal for next week: find a yoga studio. Lately, I feel like I haven’t been able to calm my mind down. Yoga always seems to do that for me, and it has been a while!
Last thing, I didn’t slap or cause bodily harm to anyone this week , and the rest of my Half Ironman training schedule is up!!
How do you deal with really stressful situations? Are you a crying freak like me? Do you ever take a mental health day to just slow and quiet your mind?
** P.S. I posted about this b/c I’m not perfect or a Stepford wife. No one is. Although I’m generally a happy person most of the time, I do have my days where nothing seems to go right, and I freak out. Thank goodness I have great family and friends to put up with me during those days. Thank you, babe.