This past weekend I spent a great deal of time napping, taking it easy and just generally ‘slugging’ around the house in order to rest from a rough time last week dealing with depression. Monday morning came around and I felt pretty good. I was actually looking forward to work (my boss is off a few days this week, which is always a plus!). I was there about two minutes when I go the message from a co-worker that our receptionist was out. Seems she decided to take advantage of the boss not being there…again. It’s a habit of hers. My first thought when I heard this was ‘GREAT! Now my work load has just doubled.’ I could literally feel my muscles tighten up in my neck, check, stomach and back. Well…so much for that weekend of rest. The first break I could take (lunch) I was in my car and driving-had to get away. Funny, the same way I felt my muscles tighten earlier, when I was driving, I could feel myself unwind. The afternoon was a better after my break. I’m pretty good at dealing with stress after the fact (breathing, stretching, walking, etc.) but I need to find a way to physically get away from what’s causing the stress-even if it’s just for five minutes. If I can mentally prepare myself for additional stresses, I generally do well. It’s getting blind-sided by the unexpected stress that knocks my on my ass. I don’t know if this is something that will get better as I heal more or if it falls under the heading of ‘Get used to it…this is just how it is now’. Just needed to vent a little frustration.