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Purposefully Breaking the Pattern of Stress and Overwhelm

This post was originally published on May 15, 2020 on my blog.

Oh hey, Friday morning! A very productive, good, challenging week if I do say so myself.

I took my HackerRank assessment yesterday and it was ... quite challenging! Regardless, I'm still so happy that I practiced test questions in the days leading up to it. We'll see how it all shakes out.

That all being said, I'm so proud of myself for not dwelling on it after completing the test. Once I was finished, it was like I'd dusted off my hands and was content with just letting it be. No ruminating, no internal drama.

Overall, this week I've been focused on pulling back from stress at any moment that I feel on the cusp of overwhelm - and it has done serious wonders for me (and my brain).

We often get stuck in patterns, so I want to work to keep myself out of the chronic stress pattern as much as I possibly can. This includes getting back to restful and 'slow living' evenings and weekends. Really committing to it. Doing it on purpose and choosing to rest when I can to be able to hit the ground running and eager once the work day rolls around again.

It's a hard habit to break, but it's so, so worth it. Plus, if this is the type of conscious living I want my life to be about, I need to practice it during each and every present moment that make up a lifetime.

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