What are stress balls? Are they squishy balls that you can squeeze when you’re stressed?
Are they creatures who are feeling lots of stress?
Harley does not look like a stress ball in that photo, but usually he stresses and runs away when I try to take a picture of him.
Even stress balls, like Harley, can relax at times.
I’m a stress ball today because I have to do many things (including giving a presentation about my therapy groups, singing songs in meetings, running a board meeting, preparing for a trip to L.A., planning a dinner in L.A., and more) all while dealing with a bout of insomnia and some ambivalence about possible choices.
What helps when you’re a stress ball, besides squeezing a stress ball? My niece Julie, of The Joy Source, suggests changing the words “have to” (see previous paragraph) to “get to.” So, it’s not that I have to do many thing (including giving a presentation, etc.) , it’s that I get to do many things (including giving a presentation, etc.). That shifts me from being a stress ball about too many obligations to being grateful about having the opportunity to do all those things, connecting me with confidence in my skills to get things done adequately enough.
I don’t have to share my other photos from yesterday, but I’m glad I get to share them with you.
Here‘s what YouTube gives me for “stress ball song”:
Somehow, I’m not a stress ball any more.
What helps you be less of a stress ball?
Thanks to all who helped me stress less by stressing all the things I stressed in this “stress balls” post and — of course! — YOU.