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Friday, August 14, 2015

How do you manage stress?

I have a hard job. Sometimes I wish it was not so stressful. I love it in many ways and sometimes am afraid I cannot do this job and am not very good at it. I have been DON (director of nursing) for 10 years and have one of the highest ranked nursing homes in my region but I still beat myself up that it is not better.

I know I need rest because after the weekend.. that is if I have not had to work. I have a couple of god days when I can eat healthy and exercise. Then by Wed and Thursday I find myself eating candy and doughnuts.

This is Friday and I promise no candy or doughnuts. And I plan on going to my knitting circle at the Grove Arcade in Asheville for some me time. Come join us if you are nearby.

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    Stress...the bane of our existence. A little is "good" because it gives us something to work on, things to change or improve. A lot is not good...it robs us of our time, energy and joy (and health). Have you heard of the acronym HALT? Before we eat or reach for something, it is a handy way to think about why we're reaching for it. Am I
    At one time or another, all these things apply to me, and I suspect all of us. When you have a bit of time on the weekend, can you take an hour or two to do a couple things for yourself? Being prepared will help to cope with any/all of those issues. This would include preparing and even packing, if necessary. Get the chopped veggies ready, make sure you have the healthy fruits and proteins ready...cheese sticks, hard boiled eggs and anything else you eat when you're NOT stressed and making healthy choices. Get rid of the other stuff...throw out the candy, doughnuts, and don't have them around. If people bring them to work and leave in the break room, ask them (you are the DON, after all emoticon ) to put them somewhere less visible...out of sight is often out of mind.

    Above all, give yourself a break...I love Koffenut's suggestions: close the door, do some deep breathing, maybe play some relaxing music on the radio, drink some water and then move on with your day.

    You can do it!! You can be kind to yourself...if you don't take care of yourself, you won't be able to take care of others. Wishing you all the very best, and be sure to let us know how you're doing!! emoticon
    2132 days ago
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    Ahhhh candy and doughnuts... they just scream "EAT ME.... you'll feel better" but we don't!!! They either make you feel crappy or you beat yourself up for indulging emoticon

    It's a process.. breaking those habits. But if you can walk pass them once... you can do it twice and then one day you've reached for fresh fruit or a high protein snack and feel good allllllll over!!!!! It's that inner child that wants instant gratification for doing a good job (like your high stress occupation) We must nurture that child, like we would our own grandchildren, with healthy foods, enough rest and activities that feed our very soul. Like knitting does for you emoticon Enjoy your "Happy Knitting Circle" emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2132 days ago
    For me, a lot of this is about replacing coping mechanisms. For instance, replacing candy with a walk, doughnuts with a bike ride, or ice cream with a bath or a book (or even visiting a mall). The habits are already there and just stopping them generally doesn't work, which is why they usually need to be replaced rather than simply eliminated.
    2132 days ago
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    2132 days ago
    It's difficult to change the way we manage our stress, but you've taken the first step already - identifying the situations where you're managing your stress with food. Before retirement I had several different strategies for these situations. If possible, I took a walk around the building - a way to burn off some of the stress. If I couldn't get down the hallways without getting stopped I'd go outside and walk around the perimeter of the building. If I couldn't walk I'd try closing my door and taking a few minutes just to close my eyes and do some deep breathing. Depending on the situation I sometimes called a friend to talk through things.

    Oh, and it helped when I stopped keeping bags of candy in my bottom desk drawer!
    2132 days ago
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