Stress and how to cope

I have been under an incredible amount of stress since starting my new job.  Some of it is just the stress of being outside of the house for 45+ hours a week and juggling everything.  But a lot of the stress is actually from people!  My new job requires a lot more interpersonal communication and building relationships with co-workers that I am used to.  All of this means that I, an introvert is exhausted at the end of the day.  I also struggle to understand some social nuances and I easily pick up on tensions.  All of this combined has led me to feel overwhelmed and stressed.  I have been forced to tap into my tool kit of stress relief.

Some of the things I am trying include some healthier lifestyle habits:

Eating Healthier: I find that eating healthier makes me feel better!  If I can reduce or eliminate gluten, processed foods and sugar, I feel less anxious and am in better tune with what is really going on.

Exercising:  I try so hard to do this regularly, but I had fallen off the bandwagon.  A fellow blogger posted a short review on Blogilates, and I decided to give it a try.  So far I have done several of the workouts.  Although not the most rigorous, they do help give me that extra boost in the morning.  And so far the ones I have tried have all been 10ish minutes. Which is about all I have time for!

 

I have only just instituted these things in the past few days, but already I am feeling slightly better and somewhat more in control of my stress.  What do you do to help your stress?

 

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2 thoughts on “Stress and how to cope”

  1. I excercise and eat a lot.
    I love surfing, particularly when I’m under a lot of stress. The salt air and water definitely has a soothing effect on my psyche. Nature is the best cure for most illnesses, and stress is definitely a mental illness!

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  2. I’m sorry that you’re feeling so stressed, but girl, I feel you! Being a working mom and out of the home for a huge chunk of the week is really difficult! For me, it is extremely important to have me-time. Whether it’s a few hours spent grocery shopping alone on Saturday morning, or going to bed 30 minutes early and losing myself in a book. My husband is completely understanding (thank goodness!) It’s imperative for working moms to take personal days, I’m actually working on a post about it now!

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