Stressed.

With every headline, I get more and more stressed.

I wonder if my daughter will be safe in school.

I wonder if my husband will be safe anywhere.

I wonder if I will be safe anywhere.

Everything going on around us, just breeds more and more disdain and leads to a level of skepticism that anything will ever change.

This is only 2018, there’s so much more life to live.

All we can do, is pray through it.

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Combatting Job Stress and Burnout

For the past month or so, I’ve really been battling with something that we all may deal with at one point or another in our professional lives; job stress and burnout.  Lately, I’ve been working my fingers to the bone at the job and it’s really been taking a toll on me.  With the nature of my job, these phases are common and I have gotten used to them coming and going, but this one seems to be coming and staying for a little longer than usual.

A lot of people deal with this on more occasions than we think.  Most professionals take the “suffer in silence” road and tend to find ways to persevere through these emotions, despite what they may be feeling.  This can be a dangerous thing to do, because burnout can cause a lot of negative affects to someone mentally, physically and emotionally when it comes to their job.  Personally, I’ve been dealing with stressors that have personally affected my health, which has been the primary reason why I’ve had to seriously take a step back and find ways to mentally separate myself in order to get a break.

I know that I have personally felt the effects of burnout in my job, and I also know that I am not alone.  I’m sure there are several people who are battling with this same issue daily; those of us who get up in the morning immediately thinking of all the things on our plate for the day, and possibly automatically without the slightest thought, beginning to obtain slight anxiety over the day.  I know it’s happened to me before, and I’ve had to program myself into not thinking in that manner.

I’ve been thinking of ways to combat this burnout feeeling, and small steps I can take towards trying to continue to find the positive outlooks on my job depsite the pressures that may come down each day.

  • Adapt a Positive Mantra or Affirmation: I’ve begun to state a positive mantra or affirmation daily that I recite daily (may be the same or different depending on the day) to help me get through the rough moments in my day.
  • Take Much Needed and Regularly Scheduled Breaks: If you’re allotted 2-15 minute breaks and an hour lunch, take advantage of them!  Also, use the opportunity to step away from your desk or take a drive away from your office and get some fresh air.  Spending an entire day indoors or in front of a computer does nothing but make you feel like a zombie at the end of the day.
  • Always Highlight  a Positive in Your Workday: In my line of work, some days are not always positive, but I try to always find a highlight in the day to hang on to.  Sometimes,  a positive is much needed in your workday in order for you to remember that it is not all bad, and sometimes it’s worth trying again the next day.

These are just a few things I try to do on a daily basis to keep my hopes high and my spirits up when I am having a long, draining day at the office.  So far, I’ve found them to be quite helpful during the day.

Let me hear from you.  Are you suffering from any work-related stressors, and if so, how do you relieve the stress?  How do you combat burnout and what are some ways you keep your spirits positive when the workdays are getting the best of you?

#DoloConversations 

I took the other day off from work to try and just get my life all the way together.  I’ve had a long 2 weeks so far (October is moving at lightning speed for me) and I just needed a break to do absolutely nothing.

While I was tackling the task of “doing nothing” I decided to do a little reflective thinking; I like to call these #DoloConversations, because I’m not having them with anyone but myself.  It was actually pretty nice to sit around with only myself and actually think about some of the important aspects of my life.

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Day 9: Continue the Convo!

Blogging 101 is really challenging me and helping me expand in my blogging experiences.  Today’s challenge is to publish a post about one of the posts I commented on for Day 8.  The sad part is I have to pick 1, and I liked all 4!  Well, if I had to pick one, I would say that the post Destress DeBunk DeFunk was the one that spoke to me the most.

In this post, the author discusses stress and I personally could testify to this, because I am one of the top stressers I know!  My family is always telling me that I need to calm down and that I stress about entirely too much at times.  I have to admit that they are right 😦

I have noticed that I take things very seriously, and even more serious than the people I deal with.  I tend to take small pebbles and turn them into overwhelming boulders, and before it is too late, I am squashed and uncomfortable underneath all that stress.  It doesn’t feel good at all, and I feel like I may get to the point where my health would begin to suffer, so I try to look at it how I read in this story:

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty of half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “The stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed — incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down

(Jimmy Harmon) 

The message here is pretty simple, and I have to continue to badger myself until I get it through my thick stress-filled skull…

Put the glass down, before you paralyze yourself!

Try to have as many stress free days as possible in life.  No need in carrying around all that weight because you couldn’t put your glass down!

Work the Job, Don’t Let it Work you!

This quote never rang more true than when I jumped into the workforce.  I will be honest, I have been pretty unstable as far as staying in one place for long enough to move up career-wise.  I have had 3 different jobs in the past 3 years or so.  In my work experience, I noticed that the one thing that starts my mad dash towards a new profession is stress and overwhelming anxiety.  I noticed through self-evaluation, that I tend to let several aspects of my job and work environment stress me out unnecessarily, and over time, it causes me to resent my job and begin looking for another one.  I have gone through a lot of different feelings and emotions at the hands of job stress.  One of my New Year’s resolutions was to stress less.  Everyone has their own method to living in a stress-free work environment, but here are a few things that keep me grounded and keep the stress down. Continue reading “Work the Job, Don’t Let it Work you!”