balance · self-care

How To Deal (Work Stress) #soul

I love my job.

But it is stressful.  Especially lately.  The hours are longer than usual, the environment is fast-paced, and there are a lot of different personalities to manage.  Pluself cares, there are a lot of difficult decisions that have to be made quickly.

It all adds up to me being a little more tired and a lot more stressed than I usually am.

I am a big believer in self-care.  I don’t think overworking and crashing into burnout is effective, efficient, or admirable.  However, when caught up in the day-to-day, it can sometimes be difficult to practice what I preach.

What do I preach?

  • Exercise and movement. For me, there HAS to be movement built into my day!  I stretch in my office – I bounce on my yoga ball chair – I take long walks with my clients.  I do whatever it takes to make my day active and energizing.
  • Taking a break.  A lunch break.  A meditation break.  A coffee break.  ANY KIND OF BREAK will do!  Anything to bring yourself away from the stress of work and get yourself to a more meditative place.947352_1029987067048050_6454292709751224466_n
  • Keeping your own pace.   When I feel myself starting to run around the building, it’s a sign that I need to slow down.  I literally slow my pace – I force myself to walk, even when I’m busy and feeling crazed.
  • Maintaining calm amidst chaos.  This can be incredibly difficult!  Especially when you’re dealing with the drama or chaos brought by others.
  • Leaving work at work.  No bringing work home – mentally or physically.

As always, it’s all about balance.  Here’s to returning to work on Wednesday with energy, enthusiasm, and a new commitment to balance and self-care!

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