The alarm buzzes, you hit snooze for the second time. Thirty minutes later you run out the door. Late again.
You check your bank account. That check from months ago just cleared. Panic strikes and you transfer what you can from Peter to pay Paul.
Traffic is bumper to bumper. The red light in your car flashes and you realize you should have filled the tank yesterday.
Kids are crying, the laundry is piled up and all you want to do is take something for your headache.
So…What do we do? How do we cope?
For me, a hot bath or twenty minute bike ride at the gym does the trick.
How about you?
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Christine Macdonald is a Los Angeles based author from the island of O’ahu.
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She is public about her struggles with clinical depression and PTSD from childhood abuse.
Her forthcoming book of essays about surviving addiction and a career in the sex industry will be published in 2020.
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8 thoughts on “You tell me: How do you handle pressure?”
Does heavy drinking count as a coping mechanism? No? Then I ride my bike or read a good book. Er…yes. That.
Yes. Yes it does. 🙂
I don't use an alarm unless I have to be up before 5 a.m., which is about twice a year.I don't have kids or a live in.I work within walking distance and I'm the boss, so late to work isn't a problem.The only stress is when I have a project whose deadline is impossible for the due date.I sit in my big chair in the living room, close my eyes and drift.
I sit at the computer when no one is in the house, and mindlessly blog.
It's usually variations on a theme of chocolate. And bawling. Often both. Fortunately, my life is pretty low-maintenance, and I eat chocolate no matter what. We call that taking preventive measures.So it's usually all good!
As I have gotten older, I tend to eliminate all of those problems. I force myself to plan out everything, keeping some type of control on my life. When I was younger, anything and everything could go wrong and did go wrong !
a long long soak in that tub does the trick for me 🙂
Laughing helps….laughing about something, anything…works for me