You experience work related stress, right? Please tell me I’m not the only one. Maybe your work related stress takes a while to build or maybe comes in quick spurts. How you handle work related stress will make a huge difference in your career and in your life in general.
My work related stress shot to the moon today. It started with getting very little sleep last night. If I’m in work mode, my mind won’t stop racing. I just kept thinking of all the things I needed to do the next day. Sheesh…why couldn’t I stop thinking?
I finally fell asleep but then woke up at 4 a.m. (after only a couple of hours of sleep) with a gigantic headache. I had planned on waking at 5:00, getting ready and then relaxing at a coffee-house for an hour before an 8 a.m. meeting. Needless to say, I knew I wasn’t going to make it to the coffee-house. With the pain of the headache, I wondered if I’d even make it to the meeting. Thankfully the ibuprofen worked.
I finally rolled out of bed around 6:15 and hopped in the shower. I actually felt pretty good. The headache was gone and all seemed right with the world. I wasn’t even that tired. It appeared work related stress wasn’t going to hit me after all.
Somehow, I had enough time to stop by my favorite, Panera Bread Co., to get a hazelnut coffee and a bagel before the meeting. I sat and prepped for the meeting for 10 minutes and then walked on over. The meeting went great and all still seemed right. I wasn’t going to have any stress at work today!
But, then I got to the office. Today was just one of those days. Nothing terrible, earth shattering or life threatening happened to me at the office. However, Mr. Murphy seemed to apply his law at every opportunity.
My computer was slow, I had to make a pot of coffee someone else was too good to make, emails were coming in left and right and I had unexpected emergencies to take care of. Work related stress slowly built throughout the day.
Granted, I had no reason to be stressed at work today. Everything negative that happened was not that bad. I was just in one of those moods, I guess. I feel bad about it. I hope I didn’t affect anyone in the wrong way today.
It was a long day. I put in 11 hours or so before I had to go pick up my girls from the sitter. It’s typical that when I work long hours (anything over 10) I wear out fast. My mood and energy fall and work related stress builds. I know it happens. Sometimes, though, you just have to plow through.
So with such a stressful day (even though it shouldn’t have been based on what really happened), what did I do? Early in the evening before I left, I ended up in conversations (one via phone call and one via text) with two of my best friends. Those conversations turned my mood around.
Isn’t it amazing what true friendships can do for your demeanor? These are my two closest friends, except my wife of course, and I can talk to them about anything at any time. Neither of the conversations were all that serious. In fact, the texting conversation turned into a quote-fest of 90’s comedic movies. Hilarious!
My friends helped changed my outlook on the day from one of ultimate work related stress to one of laughter and happy thoughts. When you have a stressful day at work, what do you do to turn your attitude back around? Do you use your relationships with family and friends? I hope you do. Today truly made me realize how little work related stress really matters.
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