Destressing and Taking More Care of Myself
Stress can be off the rails some days here. Work, family and other obligations can be pressing. You know how it is. You try to juggle everything, and the more you can take means the more will be thrown at you. At work they hit me with last-minute issues because I can get the work done. However, it does wear on me. Then family unloads on me because I am polite and not overly dramatic like they are. I have been learning some yoga for stress management and exercising more. Another help to me was improving my nutrition. I cut out the boxed, bagged and canned foods to eat more fresh organic ingredients in recipes. It costs more, but I am feeling a lot better.
One thing I had to learn how to do through all this was to just tell people no. I thought it would be a big deal at first, but it wasn’t. They just moved on to the next persons on their lists to pawn the work off on or to unload on. I found out that there are people such as me who work hard to get things done, and there are people who look around for others to take care of their workloads. Instead of being the one-stop-shop for all the work at work, I just started to explain how my plates were full. They were. There was no doubt about that at all.
It did not even cause a blip. There was just a slightly awkward, “Okay, thanks anyway” after I said no, but there was no fallout. The same amount of work got done. It was just that I was doing less of it. And you know what? The company and my job survived. I am not as successful in telling family no yet, but I am working on it. I am hoping to gently introduce them to the term over this summer. We all need to destress no matter what others around us choose to do.