There has been so much going on, and it has been deeply stressful for me lately. I kept wanting to write (and most of my writing is now done while I’m sitting in quiet moments at work. However, due to one particular situation, lately there has been no quiet moments at work. In the last week or so, this particular stresser has taken up all of my free time (which is usually quite a bit) while at the job. While the situation is in the process of sorting itself out, it has put me through some deeply disturbing emotional turmoil.
I must say that I am quite grateful that I have some amazing co-workers, and they have been going through the same stresses as well. I have seen what has become a rarity in this world – teamwork. After having held many jobs where co-workers would rather fight and argue (and that included the supervisors), I have been able to witness a team pull together to resolve a shared issue.
Anytime there is major stress in any situation, one of the biggest helps is to have a team of trusted people to help provide support and assistance to get through the situation. Even if it is just one person, that support and strength is sometimes what it takes to make the difference between emotionally and mentally getting through the situation, or not.
Stressful situations are not always caused by situations at work. They can, as we all know, happen any time, any where. Having an emotional support group is only one of a great many techniques that we can use to deal with stress. Taking time for yourself is another. For me, even though I am committed to helping others, to service, it is often extremely difficult and stressful to be with and around others. It always has been. So taking time for myself, going out for a walk, or listening to music are also excellent ways to reduce stress. Anything where I can be creative, or listening to the sounds of nature without interruption is also helpful.
Stress is part of our world. I expect it always will be. Learning healthy ways of coping, and reducing stress is perhaps one of the greatest gifts we can learn to give ourselves to help make this world a better place one stress reduction at a time.