The last two weeks have been really busy in the wake of trying to establish routines again and looking forward without forgetting to also look back (I have a bad habit of forgetting what I’ve learned sometimes and having to teach myself again and again).
Over the past 2 weeks, maintaining a routine has helped as I’ve lost 3 pounds and I’ve shaken off the majority of the weight I managed to gain in December. Now onward and upward!
One of the things that I find challenging in how I deal with stress. I am, by nature, a people person but there are days that I wish I had a career that involved me sitting in my own little cubicle because I think that would be less stressful (and you know the irony of that right? If I was in a little cubicle I’d be wishing I had people to interact with because I am a people person – there is a lot of irony there!).
Just as I’ve been finding ways to streamline the logistics of my day (organizing a week’s work of clothes by Sunday night and packaging up part of my lunches for that week in advance as well), I need to find ways to streamline and channel my stress.
So what can I do and why is it important?
I’ll deal with the latter first. It is important because I am an emotional eater and, quite frankly, if I don’t utilize and maintain ways to deal with stress, I will find myself eating like crazy! It might not be today, it might not be tomorrow, but history tells me it will happen. So the key is to cut it off at the pass before it becomes an issue.
So what have I found that relieve stress?
Though I’m sure my coworkers think I’m “wacky” (to put it mildly), I love having fun toys around because they make me bring out the kid in me and it always deflects a negative mood!
I also have some fun books that are meant for kids because the silly nature of them makes me giggle (which always alleviates a bad mood for me!).
And the words of my husband always put things into perspective. Whenever I’m stressing the phrase, “Is this the hill you’re willing to die on?” makes me re-evaluate. This old military phrase reminds me that if I am going to get worked up or make something into a big deal, I need to truly believe that it is worth doing so. Otherwise, I should just let it go (which is no small feat for me!).
Finally, going out for a walk always makes me feel better (and it’s a great way to burn a few calories at the same time!).
Having coping strategies for stress helps me to channel my energies into positive things rather than getting upset and eating!
What do you do to deal with stress at work?