I hope everyone has had a great week.
I want to talk to today about how I and everyone else handles stressful situations- both financially and non-financially. This week has, for whatever reason, been particularly stressful for me with regards to work related items. Nothing too bad- just timing, in the sense that a lot hit me at once this week. Between starting projects up and closing old ones out, it created a perfect storm of having to do it all at once.
Adding to this, late last week I got a bill from my dentist. It appears that they under quoted me when I went it and paid after the appointment, and now they want an extra $100. It’s minuscule, but with being crazy busy at work, it was enough to really stress me out.
In situations like this (and the roof leak, for instance), I would have normally turned to over analyzing the situation and making a bigger deal out of it than it was. If you recall concerning the roof leak, in 2 minutes, my mind wandered from a minor repair, to having to repair the entire structure. Not only was it counterproductive, but on a health note, I’m sure it made my blood pressure spike and my heart rate to go crazy (update, I fixed the leak with a tube a roof sealant and a caulking gun. Pretty easy, and all for under $10.)
Since the time of the roof leak, I’ve consciously tried to minimize how the stressful situation gets into my head and even use the stress to be productive. During the summer, I’ve used stress as my motivation to get into the gym and the weight room everyday. But this past week, I found myself mostly playing video games during the time I was home as my way of “unwinding”. And when I wasn’t playing video games, I was playing guitar. One of these habits is probably healthier than other, but regardless, I couldn’t get myself to do anything other than these hobbies. Now that’s it’s the weekend, I can really loosen up and get to the things I’ve put off this week- blog posts and chores.
How do you handle stress? Do you have a go to hobby or task that eases your mind?
For those interested in my debt totals, here they are as of Tuesday 9/15:
|Loan Name||Interest Rate||Original Balance- May '09||Current Balance||Total Paid Off||Paid Since Last Week|
|Sallie Mae 01||5.25||$27,837.24||$23,719.92||$4,117.32||$0.00|
|Sallie Mae 02||4.75||$22,197.02||$18,604.04||$3,592.98||$0.00|
|Sallie Mae 03||7.75||$20,692.10||$0.00||$20,692.10||$0.00|
|Sallie Mae 04||5.75||$10,350.18||$2,895.78||$7,454.40||$446.32|
|Sallie Mae 05||5.25||$6,096.03||$0.00||$6,096.03||$0.00|
|Sallie Mae 06 and 07||4.75||$6,415.09||$0.00||$6,415.09||$0.00|
|Sallie Mae- DOE 01||5.25||$5,000.00||$0.00||$5,000.00||$0.00|
|Sallie Mae- DOE 02||5.25||$3,000.00||$0.00||$3,000.00||$0.00|
I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!