Recently I got promoted to be the Administrative Coordinator, which I guess makes me the secretary to the store's Operational Assistant Manager. I was very hard on myself at the start of my new job responsibilities since due to my home schedule I need to start work 1 hour later than most people in that position. It and area you just cannot mess up in since I deal with the store's sales and internal paperwork along with many other duties, so I've got to have my time management down and still have the flexibility in my routine for whatever gets thrown at me in the daily mix (which in itself is a LOT). I truly like my job but I am the one who puts the stress upon myself to ALWAYS give 100% or higher on a daily basis. Needless to say, the stress started effecting my home life and personality. I know from past experience I cannot live under that much strain without it taking its toll on my physical, mental, and emotional health. So I started an action plan.
I wake up each morning with my husband's alarm by 3:45 - 4:00 AM each week day morning.
From there I actually do a few morning chores like feed the animals, get my husband's coffee to go, and pack healthy lunches for myself and son.
Instead of me grabbing a cup of coffe to wake up I either pop in a yoga dvd or the SparkPeople Fit, Firm, & Fired Up! dvd for a 10 min. strength workout or at least 15- 25 minutes of yoga. This helps jump start my day in the right frame of mind without the caffeine, YET.
Once I've done that one positive action it
me into a better frame of mind to deal with whatever challenges/ opportunities come my way that day.
As the day progresses and I finally make it home, I've adapted to do some cardio either on my elliptical, treadmill, or recently getting the heck outside for some fresh air. I do my best to always
walk the dogs their 1 mile or more but was letting my own aerobic walk slip by with taking on other home obligations. This made me cranky
since I really do a lot of great troubleshooting thinking during my cardio sessions and work off the stress from the day. I finally broke down and spoke with my husband and son to let them know how very important it is to me to have that 30 minutes to 1 hour to do my cardio without dinner demands, homework, etc... piled onto my shoulders as soon as I walk through the door. Otherwise, I can turn into something like a "drill sergeant" around here because I didn't use my release valve- exercise.
My final way of coping with stress is to ensure I get some time to check in with my SparkPeople Community. Taking the time to just sit, track, read great articles, and pop into my teams keeps me centered. I will admit there are still days when I don't log in since I honestly don't like thinking I am "chained" to my computer. If I have a choice to make for whatever time I set aside its usually to workout or relax by reading on my ebook.
I know this works since yesterday, I decided to skip doing my morning workouts and instead plopped myself on the sofa for a small morning nap due to my son being on spring break and I did not have to be at work till later. I got hit with 2 days worth of sales to process on top of much more since it was end of month and I had a store audit to do. Due to the store's demand the person who was to cover in my office on Saturday got called onto the sales floor so I was super stressed. We also had a morning meeting which ate up over 30 minutes of precious time I needed to get at least one day's sale processed to create till bags for that day's opening sales. I was about in tears with the stress
and realized if I had just done my yoga dvd that morning I would be more awake and jazzed to take on the challenges. So lesson learned.
Yes, I just did my 25 minutes of a yoga dvd and decided to jump on my computer quickly to do this blog and some SP time. Its my 2 steps forward initiative. Now to get ready to pump up my co-workers for joining in for our Breast Cancer Awareness pot luck meal on Friday and to get people interested in signing up for the next week's bake sale.
I can honestly say, starting your day or ending it with some form of exercise does keep stress under control, at least for me.