So, I’m going on about a 2 week stress binge and it’s killing me…truly. I can’t even explain why it all hit me the last couple of weeks, but it has. Basically my house is still unfinished (after now officially living there a year since the fire) which is causing me major stress. I know, it’s stupid…But I’m a total finisher. I hate things being undone, and I’m a clean freak (which is a real problem when everything isn’t sealed and finished).
Also, my daughter is 15&1/2 and since you have to hold a learners permit for 6months before you can apply for a license, if she wants to get her license on her b-day, we need the permit by Thursday. So we’ve been working like crazy to make this happen. This week I’ve officially spent 2 days and over 4 hours at the DMV just to walk out with no permit. Have I mentioned that I DESPISE the DMV?
And I’m juggling a full time job, 3 kids, the hubbs (Matt), and did I mention I dropped a rock on one of our fish this week and smooshed it…yup, it was real gross.
You know what all this stress does to a person? Ok, now this is science, for real, so stick with me.
- It puts your brain in a fog. Which is why I stupidly went to the restroom during pastors meeting today without my phone (rookie mistake in our office). I came back with a locked screen to which I didn’t know the pin. For hours I was locked out of my phone. That’s right, hours. Thanks Mikey… 😉
- It makes your heart race causing you to get more easily stressed in the future. So basically you are now on the stressed out merry-go-round and let me tell you, it’s hard to exit. Which is why I, true story, growled at my office door this morning when I couldn’t get it opened.
- It basically affects every gland in your body, making it easier for you to get sick. Knock on wood, not sick yet.
- Muscles tighten, explaining why I currently feel like The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
- Sleep patterns are disturbed, again possibly explaining the door growl and lack of judgement in today’s meeting.
- Ok, so this science is just too science for me to explain, but the bottom line is this: stress makes you look, feel, and act older. Great!
- My personal favorite- Stress amps up the appetite (I had popcorn and 2 mini snickers for lunch today…) and actually puts excess glucose in your blood stream, making you fat. Are you freaking kidding me???
- Last, but not least, stress leads to low libido. Tragic, but a no brainer really. I mean you are now mindless, raging, sick, hunchbacked, bag-eyed, old, and fat…
The bottom line, stress is super stressful.