3 Steps to Staying Calm

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  August 17, 2011 — 7 Comments

I had a post planned for this morning, but it’s looking like things might not work out to get it up today. I’m traveling with my parents and sister to visit my grandparents in Texas. After two weekends in a row of traveling out of town I was feeling a bit stressed getting ready for this morning’s early flight and figured I could save myself some time by finishing up this morning’s post at the gate. Well, lucky me, the airport’s wifi works at a snail’s pace and I could barely get my photos uploaded before it was time to board. I thought my flight might have wifi but, alas, no luck. So, since I can’t entertain you this morning with a tale of fabric flowers crafted over a glass of wine, I’ll share with you instead my strategies for keeping my cool when things just aren’t going my way.

1. Focus on what you can change, accept what you can’t. Once I realized I was on a plane with no wifi I knew I wouldn’t have another chance to finish up my post until this evening. The thought of just not posting at all this morning made me really uncomfortable–how can I hope that people will come visit my blog every day if I don’t post consistently? I do have my iPhone, though, and even though I can’t edit and publish the post that I had planned for today, I can type up a quick replacement post using the WordPress app. And that’s what I’m doing right now while my plane is stopped in Houston.

2. Don’t take it out on others. It’ll only make it worse. It’s my fault for not getting my post 100% ready ahead of time, not the airport’s for having such slow wifi. Snapping at a flight attendant (or worse, a family member) won’t make me feel any better and would probably come back to haunt me.

3. Take care of yourself. Take deep breaths, think good thoughts, and try to relax. If I let myself stay aggravated over this then it’ll be easier for any little thing to push me over the edge later on. And the last thing I need is to let a fun family trip be ruined by a bad mood.

Part of living a great life is managing your emotional well-being. All the home accessories and craft projects in the world can’t make up for good coping skulls. I’ll be back tomorrow (hopefully) with my regularly scheduled post, but if it doesn’t work out that’s okay too.

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


7 responses to 3 Steps to Staying Calm

  1. Sooooo true! That’s a good reminder for Wednesday morning. It’s so easy to blame stuff on others when it just isn’t going your way. That’s the #1 thing I need to work on myself!

  2. Beautifully said and timely, too. Nice to hear some great advice on a morning I totally need it. Your home/lifestyle improvement tips are always pretty innovative and manageable, and posts like this one add depth to your blog, which only appreciates its value. Rock on, C! Have a great trip!

  3. Janet (Country Mouse} August 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Enjoy your trip. I just got home from my beautiful, wonderful trip….sigh. I like your attitude. Making the best of things is half the battle when things don’t work out as we would like.

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