Stress is a subject I can readily identify with and understand. While the following article by Debra Schmidt refers to stress in the workplace … more specifically regarding jobs, companies, lay-offs, etc., I’m sure most of you will agree that stress is not limited to those in the corporate world, but is also very relevant to us (if not more so) as entrepreneurs and small business owners. I don’t know about you, but I seem to deal with stress on a daily basis. The key to not getting stressed out isn’t in avoiding stress altogether, but in how you cope with it on a daily basis. Debra shares three of the things she changed in her life that made her better able to deal with stress.
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My Goldfish Are Stressed But I’m Okay
By Debra J. Schmidt
My son was worried about his two new goldfish because they were just lying around the bottom of the tank instead of swimming.
“They’re stressed-out,” said the pet store fish guy when we asked for his advice.
“Stressed out? How stressful can swimming, eating and pooping be?” I inquired.
“Well,” he said. They don’t adapt well to change. They become lethargic and have difficulty even with simple tasks like eating.”
Now I don’t know about you, but I have a lot in common with these fish. When there is a lot of change taking place, my stress goes up.
Right now. Workplace change is running rampant. I’ve heard from so many of you about lay-offs, redefined jobs, mergers between companies or departments, new bosses and much more. These changes, along with the increased demands on our time and talents, are stressing us out.
A few years ago, my stress levels were reaching all time highs. I had taken on a lot of work, the holidays were approaching, and the world didn’t feel safe anymore. The stress was taking a toll on me and I finally made a decision to do something about it.
In order to better cope with stress, I changed three things in my life that have made a huge difference in how I feel:
I spend one hour every day walking. I walk as fast as I comfortably can (this means I’m not gasping) for the whole hour. If I can’t do it all at once due to time constraints, I walk 1/2 hour in the morning and 1/2 hour at night. As a result, I’ve lost 22 pounds and have considerably more energy.
I don’t always wear headphones when I walk. Often, I use this time to clear my head, pray and think. My creativity has increased dramatically. Lately, old friends and family have commented about how much happier and funnier I am, “Like your old self,” they say. (I didn’t know my old self had disappeared).
I drink six glasses of water a day! I know, I know…we hear this all the time. I never really stuck to it before. But it works. I don’t feel nearly as tired (the number one cause of fatigue in Americans is dehydration) and my skin, eyes and hair all look healthier.
I go to bed earlier and try to get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. I’m far more productive on the days I’m well rested.
We owe it to ourselves to take care of our health. I had always thought of myself as a healthy, active person but my husband has been amazed at the change in me since I’ve started walking. I’ve made a commitment to myself to reserve one hour per day just for me–no easy task when you run a business and have children. But the rewards are great. My mental and physical health have made all my other tasks feel much more manageable.
By the way, we put a few drops of Stress Coat in the bowl and the goldfish have responded swimmingly!
Walk Yourself Thin, by David A. Rives is the humorous little book that motivated me to get serious about walking.
Do you have any tips for coping with stress? Send them to me and I’ll share them with my readers in the next issue.
Debra J. Schmidt, a.k.a. “The Loyalty Leader®”, helps companies boost their profits by leading them to greater customer, employee and brand loyalty. Learn more at: TheLoyaltyLeader.com