I don’t want to cheat off your test. I just need some help.

I was a late bloomer. I didn’t get any teeth until well after my first birthday. I didn’t get my driver’s license until a whole month after I turned 16. And I won’t tell you how old I was when I lost my virginity. My parents read this blog, after all.

(Oh, Mom? Dad? I’m totally saving myself for marriage. If you need me, I’ll be at church. Or the library.)

So, sometimes it takes me a while to figure things out. I am cautious. And sort of clueless.

My latest adventure in delayed development?

I’m realizing that a) I need to take better care of myself; b) It’s ok to need time to recoup and oh yes, I’m one of those people who needs this time; and c) A balanced approach to stress doesn’t mean gogogogogogo, have a few nights of falling asleep at 8, then gogogogogogo again.

Like I said, I’m a little slow on the uptake. And I’m realizing that I don’t know how to find that middle ground between stressed and hitting the wall. I don’t know how to decelerate.

So. I need your help.

How are you kind to yourself? What do you do to keep things at an even keel in your world? What are your favorite stress relievers?

I’ll even go first. Having dogs is sort of a built-in “be kind to Cha Cha” feature. Foxie Doxie and Lil’ Frankfurter think I’m awesome, even when I’m not. Walking them is a great stress reliever. However, as I’m looking for ways to manage stress, I have to realize that more dogs do not equal less stress. Actually, I think more dogs equal collecting newspapers and becoming That Lady on Hoarders.

And even though that show always compels me to clean, becoming That Lady that isn’t a calming thought. So. What’s your favorite way to find a little balance in your hectic day?

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