Dealing with stress is a major test for me - help!
Monday, February 16, 2015
For as long as I can remember I've been a stress eater. When life got to be too much for me, for whatever reason, I turned to good old fashioned comfort food. I knew when I started on this journey that I'd have to find another way to deal with the curveballs life throws. I've been working on that and am so glad because I'm smack dab in the middle of a stress cyclone!
Work is a nightmare. Two people, including my supervisor, are on leave and the most recent hire, the one who was going to deal with most of the boss's duties, quit yesterday. We're down to three people, one of whom is only partially trained, and I'm the only one certified. I won't go into detail but that means the other two shouldn't work alone. However, there's no choice but to leave them alone as I can't be there 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. Add to that the fact that a new promotion starts tomorrow so the set must be completed before closing tonight AND inventory must be done tonight. I see no way I can do all that alone, especially since I'll be alone most of my shift and must take care of my customers first. Ummm, one person, two feet, two hands... see the problem? I'm scheduled to work a 5 hour shift this morning but that will most likely be changed to something like a 9 hour shift or perhaps even a 5/5 split shift so I can accomplish everything. Breathe, Denise, breathe.
And if all that isn't enough, the nursing home called yesterday and requested my mother get there ASAP. My stepfather was exhibiting very disruptive behavior and had to be removed from the dining room. He'd also fallen out of bed. Fortunately, he didn't hurt himself but ugh, just ugh. I was off work and desperately needed that quiet time but Mom and I went to the home and spent most of the evening there. When we left Pop was calm. I hope he stayed that way for the night. So much for a day of de-stressing.
All of that is to say this....more now than ever I need the stress management skills I've been developing over the last few weeks.
Here are a few of them:
Taking a few moments in the morning to sit in silence. I don't actually meditate but I do think about my day and try to set the mood in my head. That was easy today as I woke up at 1 AM and was unable to get back to sleep. :/ I've had hours to try to mentally prepare myself.
Making sure the only foods at home are healthy ones so that if I give in to a snack attack, the damage will be minimal.
Taking healthy meals and snacks to work. I have my lunch packed and am taking carrots, bell peppers, and mushrooms plus a container of Jello and a small bag of almonds for snacks.
Getting plenty of exercise. I've already walked quite a bit this morning and it's only 4:20 AM. If I'm not exhausted when I get home from work I'll take a walk around my neighborhood.
Making sure that although I'm available for work and personal emergencies, I take time for myself. I have another day off this week and although I'll probably spend part of it at the nursing home I'm going to take at least 4 hours for myself. I'll most likely nap or just read during that time. Whatever I do, it will be something for me. To some that might seem selfish but if I spread myself so thin without some time for regenerating the results will be disastrous.
I've worked so hard over the last couple of months and the 5.9 A1c and 9 pound weight loss are simply too valuable to undo now.
What do YOU do when life gets to be stressful? If you have any suggestions I'd love to know them!