I used to buy my groceries for the whole week.
Three different fruits, lots of veggies, yoghurt, milk…
Since individual pieces of fruits and veggies are expensive, I normally buy packets of 4-5.
I planned to cook and eat all the food during the week.
But I couldn’t always do that.
So, by the weekend most of my food would go bad.
This caused me immense stress.
I hate wasting food.
I hate wasting money.
I tried storing food in proper containers, keeping them in the fridge, keeping them on the table so I would remember to eat them… nothing helped.
Finally, I did two things:
1. Started grocery shopping 2-3 times a week and buying the minimal quantities
2. Got my fridge checked (turned out there was a problem.)
Yes, some things that cause stress are out of my control.
But, some things are in my control.
So why should I stress over problems that CAN be solved?
Yes, it takes effort to go to the shop 2-3 times a week.
But, it also brings me peace of mind!
With time I have realised that my mental peace is paramount.
And mental peace requires extra work!
How do you overcome a stressful situation?
P.S. It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.
~ Lou Holtz