BailedPosted: November 20, 2010
Friday afternoon, my boss gave me the option of leaving work early. I usually stick around for the extra hours, but yesterday, my brain was focused on one thing.
I cleaned and clocked out faster than the Roadrunner on crack, grabbed my purse, and high-tailed it out of the preschool…and out of my city.
When I get overwhelmed and I have too much on my plate that’s bothering me, instead of processing it, I run from it. I know I’m at my max point when I jump in my car, blast the radio as high as it will go, and hit the interstate without a set destination in mind. I get a lot of therapeutic benefit from turning off my phone, losing myself in music, and letting myself shut down for a few precious hours of absolute solitude. It’s always hard for me to pinpoint exactly what’s bothering me, but I find when I get out, even just for a few hours, I can deal with whatever I’m upset about in the process.
I don’t mind this little habit – It’s led to some fun solo explorations and it’s incredibly effective at helping me decompress. Unfortunately, sometimes it leads me to sitting in deadlocked Friday night interstate traffic. What’s a girl to do after sitting in the exact same spot for 7 minutes?
Take embarrassing photos of fist-pumping to Hollaback Girl, then share said embarrassing photographs on the blog in the middle of a semi-serious post about skipping town.
I pulled off into Tampa, remembering that they had a Whole Foods and I had nobody along to drag me out of the store after two hours of oohing and aahing over cage-free eggs and organic cereals 🙂
I snagged a quick plate from the hot bar to bring back for today’s lunch:
Garlic cilantro tofu (AMAZING!), dolmades, hummus, a Mediterranean veggie salad, and edamame.
True to form, I shopped, sang so loudly that calling it screaming would be more appropriate, wove in and out of traffic…and wound up back home at midnight exhausted but with a much clearer head.
Do you have a default coping mechanism for when things get tough or overwhelming?