Things That Stress Me Out
Just a few things...in no particular order:
*Entertaining friends. I am so in awe of people who graciously open their homes, have the skill of small talk, and know the perfect low-maintenance yet impressive recipes that will please people. I am determined to have people over more often; but I am a big old stress ball the entire time, even with good friends. I stress, especially afterwards, about words I should have said, things I should have offered, food I should have served.
*Volunteering at school. I worked at a bake sale on election day, and I swear I was more stressed out about it than I ever was before a big meeting at work. What to bring, how to present it, how to manage small talk with the other mother working with me... I was stressed before the nature walk too, and all I had to do was walk around the woods with a few five-year-old boys.
*Singing by myself. Even though I love to do it. Singing is one of my favorite things to do in the world, and yet when I sing by myself I can feel my cheeks getting redder with every word.
*Choosing gifts. I have fun with my immediate family, but buying presents for other occasions is much more stressful. Hostess gifts are the worst. Baby presents. Knowing who to buy for and what to buy. Etiquette. Ugh.
*Activities for the boys. I usually don't stress out about the fact that the boys have not been involved in a ton of extra activities. But every now and then, I get together with friends, and they talk about the soccer, gymnastics, art, music, etc, classes that their kids are in, and I freak out just a little - just a little - about the lack of involvement on our part. This is one I can generally get over quickly, but it's there. Just a little nag in the back of my mind.
*Dressing and shopping. Deciding what to wear to just about any event is cause for some anxiety, but the more formal it is, the worse the stress. I'd love to have a personal shopper and stylist.