Dealing With Stress

Friday, February 19th, 2016

No, I haven’t changed careers to fire-fighter (although it seems like I could be a stunt-double these days), but I am dealing with some hectic work-type things for the next few days. Who’d have thunk that real-world-paying job would take priority over super-fun-but-time-consuming hobby-blog? (Who has two thumbs and knew it all along? Two hints: Starts with “M”; ends with “E”).

Alas, this means during my crunch-time at work, I’m going to have to cut back on the number of posts I do for the next week or so.

Not to fear, though, I’ve got plenty in store for March, including a bunch of recipes I’ve been working on, of the low-carb, all carb, and just plain sinful varieties. Family-approved food, and a little less frenetic posting…

Not to leave you completely empty-handed, I’ll end with a few words of wisdom on dealing with stress.

Not that I’m an expert…

While I’ve had a rough couple of weeks at work, I’ve found that taking a step back has really helped. Specifically, for the first 15 minutes of my day, I jot down what didn’t get accomplished the day before (if it still needs to be done today), followed by a quick numbering of what’s most important. Finally, I mark what could be pushed into another day and save that for the very end, just in case I don’t get to it.

There’s always something to do, and while I’m able to do anything, I can’t do everything. Prioritizing the tasks at hand can really help keep the noise down.

Perspective: it’s hard to achieve in the middle of a rushing blaze, so taking the first 15 minutes before the fires start raging has helped me gain a little ground. Follow it up with a deep breath and I can battle anything that comes my way.

Just make sure there’s coffee ready, ’cause sometimes the rest of the day is a doozy.


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