I had an incredible weekend! It was full of lots of fun, relaxing and exciting things that I can’t wait to share with you. Today, however, I want to have a conversation about stress; how to manage it and how to avoid it when possible.
Pull up a chair and let’s discuss because I really need your thoughts!
Last week I worked late every single day. I even worked from home on Friday and instead of having a stress free day, I had a string cheese for lunch and powered on through until 5:30pm when I finally came up for air.
Every once in a while we all have to deal with stressful situations: at work, with family and on the road when people give us road rage but we are too afraid to retaliate by giving the middle finger because we may get shot.
Seriously, just google “road rage leads to shooting” and way too many news articles will come up. It’s been a long time since I’ve given anyone so much as an angry glance on the road even when I’m cut off.
But I’m getting off topic!
Last week was stressful at work which made the rest of my life stressful. I didn’t sleep well. I didn’t go running one single day (mostly because I was getting home so late), and I ate a whole of crappy meals instead of cooking.
One night I got Chipotle. One night we ordered through Delivery Dudes. One night we ordered a pizza. You see the trend. By the end of the week I felt like a pile of crap, as one would expect after a week of not exercising and eating like I’m still in college.
Luckily Cecil (and Adam) love me no matter what because I was grumpy.
They say petting a cat (any pet) releases oxytocin which reduces stress levels. Thankfully I have one of the very best cats in the whole world, and on Friday when I worked from home he stuck by my side. He was either sitting in my lap, laying next to me or sleeping on my desk the whole day. I do think that helped!
So, now I am wondering what other things I (we) should be doing to reduce stress when life comes at us? Because the truth is, no matter how self-motivated and ambitious we are, burn out is real and will come for us.
Google has turned up some good ideas, like don’t check your work email after hours and only check your email 3X per day at work so that responding to emails doesn’t disrupt your work flow.
What do you do to balance various areas of your life when time is running low?
In the future I think I’ll order a meal delivery service for the week so that I’m eating healthy without having to come home and cook at night.
What do you do on super busy weeks, besides look forward to the weekend? 🙂 I would really love your tips for work/life/run/eat healthy balance.
Sorry if this post seems like another one where I’m just moaning about my schedule. I suppose it’s lucky that a couple of long weeks at work is the worst thing I have to complain about. Trust me, I am grateful for that.
Please share your tips for de-stressing and balancing work/life!
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