I used to say I don’t believe in stress. It seemed to be an invention of modern society that served no purpose other than giving ulcers to people. Now that I’m older I understand more of what stress is supposed to be. It’s a combination of different feelings that can be brought on by situations one is uncomfortable in.
What I find to have more truth about what causes stress is not the situations itself but the anticipation of situations. As an introvert I find myself getting anxious leading up to parties or unknown social situations. I can show up to work and have a crazy day where I work my butt off. If I don’t know about it ahead of time I’m not worried about it and can just dive in and get though it. If I knew it was going to be that crazy I may start to obsess about it. My performance may even be effected by that obsessive behavior.
On the other end I can take crazy day at work or and continue to think about it. Did I do well enough? Am I going to get fired when I get in the next morning? It all adds to bad feelings and an unclear mind.
The last few days at work have been hard. Emergency rush jobs have pushed off the normal work and a special project. I have also been covering for someone who has been sick. It’s all there I can anticipate all the things that will be coming tomorrow and the stuff I didn’t get to today. Then I come home and remember that I have to write a blog. look at all that stress causing things!
Then sitting on the couch watching some mindless TV to calm my head I realize that I am stressed and can use it for my blog! I can complain about my day and teach people a thing I do to fight stress. Are you ready?
Just don’t believe in it.
I know it is not that simple. And it is more challenging for some people than others. But think about it. You are off work. There is nothing you can do about it right now. So enjoy that time. Shake it off and do something you like. Change your environment. When those thoughts enter your head say “Nope” and sing a song from Monty Python or Weird Al.
One of the reasons I took on the challenge of 40 blogs in 30 days (this is day 3) instead of NaNoWriMo is that, unlike a novel, I can forget about what I wrote in the blog yesterday and start fresh every day.
Just remember, obsessing about work while not working will hurt your work performance. It’s not worth it. Let it go.