Days of Highs and Lows – End of the Day for May 28, 2014

End of the day Logo

 LIfe is full of cycles and it only stands to reason that if one day really good there will also be more challenging days to come. This is probably one of the most difficult parts of my life as I thrive on balance and keeping an even keel in everything I do. I am easily carried along by the energy of the day, the energy of the moment and I know that, so I try to keep things somewhere in the middle. Of course, life doesn’t work that way. The cycles catch up with you and before you know it it you are riding the rollercoaster.

So today was a bit of a downhill day. I really had no particular reason to be down, but I was tired and a bit overwhelmed with my work. This is always a bad combination and anxiety starts to creep in. I can feel it physically before I notice it mentally. Muscles start to dense, I can feel my face starting to contract, furrows appear in my brow. I only really notice it, though, when I catch sight of myself in the mirror. At that point it becomes obvious, but also very difficult to counteract. Typically I just need to ride the rollercoaster to the bottom of the hill and wait for the climb back up again.

Hanging out!

Sometimes the “black dog” finds you. Luckily, this one was quite cute.

Thankfully, I have never been in the situation where I am stuck at the bottom for any great length of time. If I can notice the feeling and so some things to counteract it, a good night’s sleep is usually enough to being me back into the middle.Mostly it is about recognizing what is causing the anxiety and working to eliminate it from my thoughts. Again, the cause usually isn’t anything dramatic. Just some small thing — or worse, combination of events that weighs me down. I am particularly sensitive to multiple factors. I get the sense of “piling on” one after the other and the cumulative effect is greatly magnified. These are with worse periods and take a bit more time and work to break free from.

That is why I am writing early tonight. I already feel ready to head to bed — if not sleep — and it far earlier than usual. Sometimes I just get comfortable and read for awhile. Then, when I am ready to sleep it is easy to roll over and do so. If I don’t do that, the effort of closing up the house can be enough to wake me back up before I get to bed. Then, I will have to reset the process and chill out for another hour or so before I am ready to sleep.

With the lows come the highs and no one would want to live without those moments. Sometimes we all just have to get through the bottom of the hill and the exhilaration of climbing up the next will find us soon enough.


Previously on End of the Day:

This entry was posted in End-of-the-Day, Writing. Bookmark the permalink.