Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Work has been really stressful the past couple of days. It seems like when I try to do something to help reduce the stress, the higher ups find a way to add more which totally defeats all of my efforts. Several things happen when I'm under a great deal of stress. First of all, I tend to hold on to it. I haven't figured out how to let it go. I often hear that I need to let it go, but no one seems to be able to teach me how to do that. Second, I carry all of that stress in my back. This in turn causes spasms, which causes difficulty with moving. This, naturally, makes it quite painful to exercise. When these spasms occur, I try to get in to see a massage therapist, but there isn't always one available right when I need it. The third issue, is I tend to mindless eat, and over eat to ease my stress. I am proud to say, that hasn't happen as severely as it has in the past. I did "slip" with a few M&Ms (the yummy peanut kind) and some buttered popcorn. But to my credit, it wasn't an entire bag of M&Ms; only around 5. Nor was it an entire bowl slathered with butter. I used spray butter, sparingly. And had about a cup. Improvement! I even stayed within my calorie intake! :-) I know neither weren't the healthiest choices, but it did calm me down and was a good treat for my overall well being. And that is healthy, too!
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    It sounds like you are learning how to cope and that the stress you are trying to tolerate has not made you eat a lot to relieve it. And that is good! Bosses! I wish I could help you there. I can just wish you good luck and tell you that you are certainly not alone in having overly demanding, unreasonable supervisors. Just keep on doing what you are doing!

    Thanks for writing.

    ns Team
    1905 days ago
    Good for you- it's hard to stop eating when you are stressed. You actually did a great job- 5 M&Ms and one cup of popcorn! Much better than most :-)
    If I am stressed, I try to breathe slowly in and out through my nose (like in yoga). I also focus on "letting go" of the stress by tensing up a muscleand then relaxing it. I start at my toes and work my way up to my eyes. You get the idea and can probably come up with some more ways to "level out". When all else fails, I use my IPod and/or take a quick time out (walk).I hope this helps. Oh yes- the absolute best way to de-stress: call or visit a friend. emoticon emoticon
    1905 days ago
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