“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are” – Theodore Roosevelt
TGIF! Thank God it’s Friday… that is the chant that I hear far and wide? This week has been a challenge for me on so many levels.
I have been stomping on the inner gremlins of fear and doubt all week. I have been struggling with stepping out of my comfort zone. I have been worrying about pleasing people around me – doctors, family, friends, my team and my customers. I have had doubt about business decisions. I have had fear when it comes to finances. Lots of stress.
Since stress is a key trigger in my MS, I am always on the hunt to eliminate it. The thing is that many times, I don’t know that I am feeling stressed. You know what I mean, right? You think the day is going just fine when someone asks “are you okay?” or someone says “you sound annoyed (or snarky or angry)” or better yet they ask “why are you so stressed”? Or worse, you SNAP at something someone says. SMACK!!! This is when I know that I’m stressed.
Here are some things that have been helping me to eliminate stress personally and in my business:
- Honoring my boundaries: Being a recovering people pleaser, setting boundaries in both my work and my life is a big deal. Then top it off with trying to honor them. Can you say stressful? So, I have been planning out my days in my planner and sticking to my schedule. That even means scheduling time for social media, sleep, office hours and even meals. Maintaining boundaries and learning to say no relieves stress and the inner gremlin of guilt.
- Getting outside: I am so excited about the weather changing so I can go outside for just a few minutes to bask in the beauty of day. Yes, I love being my own boss and working from home but then I get a little stir crazy. I need people contact. I’ve found that getting out plays a huge part in reducing the stress. I love the idea of working from a local coffee shop or taking a walk around the neighborhood at those key times when people are walking their dogs. I don’t have a dog to walk but it gives me a chance to engage in conversation with people. It’s easy for me to stay inside and get lost in my computer but when I break my routine and engage with people, I am happier, healthier and less stressed.
- Finding joy, fulfilment, and creativity outside of my work: This is actually tough for me – a struggling workaholic. I get obsessed with work – or the busyness of work. This is why setting boundaries are so important. My diagnosis of MS has been a blessing. I am forced to STOP and take time for other things. Why fight it, right? The truth after a break, when I return to my desk/office, I am more creative and energized. Scheduling time for lunch with hubby, spending time with friends and family or just working on my puzzle clears the head and brings me joy. In other words, letting myself be instead of obsessing over work and the responsibilities that come with it is a stress reliever.
As the warmer weather approaches and life changes, stress creeps back into our lives. I’m sure that I’m not the only one needing less stress and more joy in their life right now. I am always surprised that as I prioritize others joy and their wellbeing; I give myself permission to do the same.
What will you do this weekend, to reduce stress while creating more joy in your work and your life? Share with us your best tips.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!