First off, thank you all for your comments. Just hearing someone tell you that everything is going to be ok somehow makes everything seem much more manageable. I still have moments when I feel totally and utterly overwhelmed – but it’s getting better.
Today I spent the better part of the day shopping for basic dorm necessities and other things I’ll need before uni. Although I did have a minor panic attack this evening when I realized that half of the paper work that I had to have in order before I start is faulty (I downloaded an out-of-date form) I’ve kind of gotten over the initial shock of it all and feel a bit more calm. I just have a day’s work cut out for me, but I’m sure it’s something I can manage.
I realized that extreme stress tends to absolutely overwhelm me. Not stress so much as having unexpected things come up. I can deal with deadlines, extreme workloads and crazy work environments as long as I know what’s coming. Then I can plan ahead and it all feels somewhat “controlled”. But throw something unexpected like this my way and I feel absolutely helpless and panicked.
I think what’s important is not to let little things like this overwhelm you, no matter how impossible the situation might seem. Chances are things aren’t nearly as bad as you think they are – it’s just you’re unprepared for them. What helps me is to step away for a moment or 2 and clear my mind. Talking it over with someone that I’m close to usually helps to give me a different perspective on the situation as well – they see things from a much more logical viewpoint then I do. And then I tackle the problem like I do anything else – break it up into small manageable steps and slowly work it all out.
The worst thing to do at times like these is panic, because that never helps the situation AT ALL. You’re too busy freaking out to be able to do anything productive, and you’re actually making the situation worse. I’ve found laughing is a much better option, even if you feel like crying.
Today a lot of things didn’t go according to plan, but in the midst of it all I somehow managed to maintain my sanity – sure there were a few freak out points, but any day that ends over a drink with friends and some leisurely blog reading is bound to be ok.
In other news I’ve mastered the art of express food preparation. I’ve spent so little time home the past few weeks that I’ve learned to throw meals together in 15 minutes flat. And amazingly my stomach issues have been much better this week then they have in times past, so I’m one happy little pumpkin.
This was one of my most favorite meals this week – steamed brocolli, chickpeas, tofu and peanuts served over brown rice. All that protein kept me full FOREVER
How do you deal with unexpected situations and problems? Are you generally calm and collected or are you a freak-out like me?
What’s your favoroite grain? – for me it’s definitely oats for sweet and brown rice for avory. I could eat both every day 🙂