Self-awareness isn’t my strong suit.
It drives my husband crazy that I’m not so good on picking up on my body’s signals: I’m not the least bit hungry until I’m starving. I’m not at all sleepy until I’m completely exhausted. I don’t have to pee until I’m about to pee in my pants!
But this year, I’ve finally noticed a pattern: If I want to watch tv, it means I’m stressed out.
I have a few shows I watch, and I plan on watching them. On Monday nights, you’ll always find me watching Once Upon a Time on hulu, and there’s no deeper meaning there. But if I’m ever seized with a desperate much-watch-tv feeling, just for the sake of watching something, it’s time to look beneath the surface and see what’s driving that desire.
Thankfully, curling up with a cup of tea and a great show is a pretty harmless stress response. I’ve even found some wonderful shows when I’ve been stressed out and casting about for something to watch. (Hello, Downton Abbey.)
For someone who’s not great at self-awareness, having a reliable indicator like this can be pretty handy.
What’s your sign that you’re getting stressed out?