So I figured out something about myself thanks (once again) to my life mate Kaiya (my Siberian Husky).
We were out walking the other day (okay, maybe it was like a week ago) and I noticed that if I just let her to her thing, she got very...twitchy. Every little thing was cause for alarm and over reaction. On the other hand, if I clearly, regularly told her what was expected of her, she was calm and at peace. She seemed to be happier. Her tail was in the air and she was sniffing around like we hadn't walked this way a million times before.
Since then I have been trying to do this more with her. Give her clear demands just because I can, not because I need anything of her, just so I can turn around and give her release command. Its as though she is a different dog!!
I am the same way. When I know that I have X, Y and Z to do...have them demanded of me in fact...I am fine. When I am left to my own devices, I start to get twitchy about life. I feel overwhelmed and stressed out over nothing.
Maybe its time I had my own release command ;-)