Reducing Stress to Live Large
Even when we’re Living Large, there are just some weeks that requires special stress reducers.
My week began on Monday morning with my work computer acting funny and then completely shutting down. For a mere $74.95, I could get the thing up and running again, or so a box kept popping up and telling me.
That was the first clue that I had finally, after 20 years of having computers, caught a virus. Thankfully, I didn’t fall for that scam and input my credit card infor. It’s actually a malware called the “Windows XP Restore” malware and it is a nasty one.
After several friends tried to give me advice and directions for removing it, none of which immediately worked, I took my system into the computer shop.
The malware was so bad, I still don’t have my work computer back, even after our town computer guru said it would be done by Wednesday morning.
This all happened right after we were denied by yet another bank for a refinance on Our Little House due to the comps.
Needless to say, it’s been a little stressful around here this week and I’ve had to do some extra things to help reduce the anxiety.
This has included:
- More time outdoors just enjoying the quiet. At night, the lightening bugs have added that special summer feel.
- Extra time gardening. My tomatoes are full of blooms and tiny tomatoes and they are growing by the day. Even the cucumbers look great this year.
- Listening to music. Thankfully, I took the time to move all of my music from years of CD collections to my iTouch last week. I can sit for hours just listening to some good old Classic Rock and even a few classic country and alternative tunes.
- Taking the dogs on long walks on our beautiful country road.
The upside to having extra stressors is that it forces me to take extra time to do the things I enjoy.
What do you do to reduce the stress when there’s extra in your life?