I am very familiar with the Stress Snowball.
You see, it starts off small.
It's so small, that I ignore how cold it is.
I even ignore the rock in the middle of it, which makes it dangerous, but I'll get to that later.
I ignore the snowball, thinking that I can handle it.
Eventually, I drop the snowball and it starts to roll around.
It picks up other stress inducing things.
This happens because I didn't take care of the small things, and now I'm too stressed to deal with the bigger things…
It picks up pretty much everything, from school stuff, to work stuff, to even other people who were just there to help.
This can get overwhelming to the point where I just don't want to do ANYTHING and so the ball continues to grow.
When it gets this bad, we are tempted to dive in and get to the source immediately, but sometimes that gets us stuck in the ball.
Instead, take a moment to take a closer look.
In general, if you can peel off some easy tasks and stresses first, just little ones from the top, you can start to get some layers of snow off of your stress snowball.
Keep at it, and before long, your stress snowball will start to shrink to a more manageable size.
More layers removed, and you'll get to the rocky middle.
The stress which started it all.
The stress I thought I could handle, whatever it may be.
The stress I didn't realize was so heavy.
For me, it looks like this:
This center of stress is generally just a failure to keep up with the tasks of taking care of myself, along with everything else.
I have learned to keep this center of stress happy with tea and comic-books.
It is often tough to find time for this though, so to-do lists come in handy.
I treat taking care of myself just like any other task.
This is the key to avoiding the stress snowball.
Do I still fail to do this on occasion?
I'm actually a little worried about this coming semester, since it's my last.
Here's hoping I remember this post!