Does work stress have you running crazy?
So, you have a stressful job. You have to have it for financial reasons. Your plate is overloaded and you are about to lose it.
I hear you. We've all been there. Most of us have had moments (or months or years) where we feel like the burden is too much and we just want to give in and give up.
But one thing's for sure and that is you'll keep suffering if you don't find a way to enjoy life somehow.
It's the Law of Attraction: Like Attracts Like.
The more stressed, worried, anxious, fearful, and depressed you feel, the more you are attracting to yourself. And that's just a law of physics!
Now you're probably like ummm...ok Andrea, it's not that easy. What's your point sister?
I do know it's not that easy (because I've been there), and there is a point to all this.
I want to share with you some personal tools that have helped me through times of stress, times where I just wanted to give up, where I thought I couldn't take it anymore. And this goes for ALL times of stress, not just work (although I will reference work in here quite a bit).
Here are some tips that can help:
1) Realize the reality of the situation, and erase the stories you are telling yourself. The reality is, you have a stressful job. That's the reality. You can't change the nature of the job, it's not under your control. But, what is under your control: change the stories you are telling yourself about it.
Story Example A: "If I don't do X, Y, or Z, I will get fired."
Is that the truth? Do you truly know that will happen? Most of the time, you don't, unless your boss said those words to you exactly. There is no point in fretting over something you have no proof about. Stop telling yourself that dreadful story and move on!
Story Example B: "I have to do it all."
Is that the truth? Do you truly know you have to do it all? I can tell you right now, if you are expected to do it all, you would be superhuman and that is impossible.
The truth is, you have a stressful job. The other truth is, you don't have to do it all and you can't. It's that simple. You'll never get it all done, so you might as well set some boundaries for yourself. Prioritize. What can you get done today? What can you save for tomorrow? What you can't finish today will get done tomorrow. Your precious health and well being are entirely more important than "getting it all done today."
Erase the story that you have to do it all and focus on the task(s) at hand.
2) When you're not working, pamper yourself. Yes, do things to make yourself feel happy and loved and important and rested when you are not working. It is VITAL to have this down time.
Again, the reality is, your job is stressful and nothing is changing that. But what you CAN do is treat yourself with love, kindness and care in your free time. Take a bath. Sip some wine. Read a good book. Disconnect from the job (or life stresses) as often as you can.
3) And finally, start and end each day with gratitude.
It sounds so simple, but this is one of the KEYS to life. And I don't just mean wake up in the morning and say to yourself, "I am grateful for blah blah blah today." What I mean is, MEAN IT! Feel it.
And write it down on paper. Writing is very powerful. To get it on paper means you aren't just thinking about it anymore. It's visible. It's tangible. It's even audible if you say it out loud. You have declared your gratitude to the Universe and now it is living energy! The more you do this on a consistent basis, you will see so many more blessings come into your life.
The way in which we evolve and grow and change our circumstances is to give off a positive vibe. This will attract more positivity into your life and it all begins with gratitude!
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