Zia Hassan


+++ title = “10” date = 2019 +++

You’ve felt this way before: moderately stressed, such as a sports performance or a high stakes test. You’ve also felt stress-free, such as on vacation.

For a few years now, I’ve kept myself in the moderately stressed zone. I find it works best for me, and I’d guess many of my friends would relate. When my systems for productivity and wellness get pushed to their limits, I’m always excited to see that I can handle more than I thought.

But – and this happens in a split second – another unexpected event happens, like I need to leave unexpectedly late at night for a work event because I waited till the last minute to check the address and it’s too far away for a morning commute. Something like that.

And now I’m over-stressed. Any extra thing feels like it weighs a million pounds and it’s hard to know when the next moment of reprieve will come.

It happens so fast, going from perfectly stressed to overly stressed.

Perhaps I need to pay attention to the feeling I feel right before the tipping point. Perhaps that’s my cue for a margarita. Which will make me feel like I’m being lazy. Which will make me stressed of course.