Thursday, July 8, 2010

Three Ways I Handle Job Anxiety

"Whew." That's how I feel after every day at work. I've got a lot of stress at my job right now, so I thought I'd discipline myself enough to recognize three things I can do to handle it when it gets bad. Maybe it will help you, too.

1. Eat a good breakfast. On top of that, eat a good dinner! Today was particularly stressful. I'm talking crying-in-the-bathroom stressful. I didn't sleep well last night, which probably amplified my emotions. I didn't sleep well because I didn't eat well yesterday. To top it all off, I didn't recover by eating a little more today to even it all out. It sounds silly, but I know my body and my mind get a little bit off kilter I dfon't eat well enough.
2. Take time to pause. I have a pause button, and it's my husband. Today I called him to vent, about to react inappropriately to something. Just that little bit of time speaking with him diffused my frustration a little. It didn't take the frustrating issue away, it just helped me to step back and take a break.
3. Know where to find a friend. In the middle of a bad day at work, I know I can trust my friend to "meet me in the second floor bathroom." There we hash it out away from the rest of the people in my office (we're on the 5th floor).

If tomorrow is like today, I'm going to keep these things in mind.


  1. When I read this statement, I was brought up short. Not because I don't do things that make me "come alive" -- I do. In fact, I do these types of things quite often. But, the reason I was taken aback a bit was because I also do things that -- well -- just don't! In fact, sometimes I do things that feel like they are sucking the life out of me.

  2. K.Lonopin,

    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. Can you elaborate?

  3. I have been inspired by your blog and others in the OCD blogging community. Today I set up my own OCD blog to share my healing path about a life with OCD. Could you pay it a visit and perhaps let others know I am here by including me in your blogroll?

    Thanks for sharing your journey with us. All the best.