Clearing Your Head
I am really bad at letting things go. When I have a bad day at work, it comes home with me. This is a problem and I recognize it. I just haven’t had luck changing it. If I am stressed out there are a few things that I do to help cope. ts
Now that I recognize this I use it. For a living I am a sales rep for a painting company that specializes in large scale multi-housing painting projects. Anybody involved in sales knows it can be stressful, especially anyone involved in service sales. So when I have a day that the stress is getting unmanageable, I hit the trail! Trail running is something I can do during lunch (as long as you can clean yourself up afterwards – I recommend a towel in your car and baby wipes) or before I go to pick up my kid. When I get out it doesn’t matter what the weather is like. As soon as I hit the woods I smile…
Exercise is wonderful therapy as well. Running especially works wonders for me. Amy has actually suggested that I go for a run when I am tense or crabby. Once I hit 2 miles I start to feel the endorphins. I feel like the weight of the world is lifted off my shoulders. This usually brings on side effects such as; singing like a fool, run dancing (this is a new concept that I suspect will take off very soon) and talking to critters (usually deer, turkeys and squirrels but once I talked to an otter and have been known to chat with trees on occasion). Running is my great escape and a great way to escape! Just don’t try to escape by running when involved in an altercation with bears, lions or wolves.
It doesn’t have to be running. Last year I even kept my bow in the car along with some targets. When I had time between meetings I would find an outdoor range. Anyone who shoots a bow knows that it takes complete focus to shoot well. I would have to shut out the bad and focus on my target. This always helped me! Shooting a bow is a great way to clear your head. Also it doesn’t hurt to get more practice in.
The last thing I am going to cover is reading. If you have the right book I believe that you can lose yourself enough to completely forget about just about any stress at least for a short while. Short story books are great for a quick fix.
No matter how much you enjoy your job, you will still have a bad day here and there. I hope these tips can help you through them!