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I took Friday and yesterday off and it was glorious! Unfortunately, it was back to reality this morning with a hefty email inbox. After I did my initial triage to make sure that nothing was on fire (I joke but sometimes I get emails that make it sound like the world is ending!), I decided to tackle tasks that I didn’t really want to do right away head-on. It made a huge difference.

A lot of the time, I’m fine with complete time-consuming, challenging tasks first because it feel so good to finish them and have lighter tasks for the rest of the day. I do tend to put off tasks that require involving a lot of people and a lot of communication, especially when I’m trying to get my bearings after a day or two off. This morning, I decided that wasn’t going to happen. And you know what? Everything turned out fine–I received responses quickly and they required little to no follow-up on my part.

Sometimes, I believe I unconsciously make a big deal out of a task that does not require a lot of stress. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately because I believe that I consistently internalize a lot of my stress and I wonder how much of it is unwarranted. It really is not a big deal to send out an email or two with questions to several people first thing in the morning–sometimes, it actually is easier than waiting until later in the day. And if I had waited, I probably would have had it hanging over my head and maybe causing me a little extra anxiety that is completely useless.

I want to pledge, right here and now, to stop putting off tasks just because I don’t feel like it right at that moment. I have to stop punishing myself because, in effect, that’s what I’m doing by layering on all this extra stress.

What about you? Do you find yourself procrastinating for no reason at work or school? Do you feel better just getting something done instead of putting it off?

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Whew! Yesterday was a bit of a doozy. I was tired and stressed out at the same time (never a good combination!) and the emails just kept pinging my inbox. I could feel that fist (you know which one I’m talking about) in the middle of my chest squeezing tighter. I know that’s not good and that I need to deal with it, but I felt that I had to answer all of my emails right away. I was due to have lunch with a friend yesterday and I wanted to cancel in order to work on what I needed to get done. I’m so glad I didn’t!

I started the week off-kilter and it’s been that way ever since. Don’t you just hate that? In my typical fashion, I was just going to work through my anxiety, come what may. I’m glad that my brain told my hands to stop typing and my legs to start walking. As soon as I sat down with my friend and we started talking, I forgot about everything waiting for me back at the office. It’s like none of it ever happened! That fist in my chest loosened until I could breathe freely and I felt more confident. I noticed that as soon as I sat down at my desk after lunch, nothing seemed as daunting as it appeared only an hour before. I actually became more productive in the afternoon than I was in the morning!

Don’t deny yourself a lunch break, short walk, time sitting on a bench people-watching–do something during the course of your day that allows you to relax and forget for awhile! I tend to clam up when I’m stressed and to stay in one place, when I know that is the worst thing I can do. Letting off some steam truly made me feel more confident and capable so that my afternoon at work was a breeze compared to what I thought it would be. It’s important for us all to remember to take care of ourselves at work or school, not just in our free time!

How do you unwind at work?

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This past week has been crazy! I’ve been busy at work and in my personal life and I have never felt so grateful for my family. Without them, I’m sure I’d go slowly insane.

My family does “first Christmas” with my sister, her boyfriend, and my nephews each year before Christmas itself because it’s a lot for them to visit everyone they want to visit on Christmas day with three kids and a car full of presents. This year it was a blast! We have a different food theme each year and this year we had Polish food (my father’s mother was Polish)–stuffed cabbage, pierogies, kielbasa and sauerkraut, and more. It was as deliciously outrageous as it sounds.

I was able to come home, cook, and eat with my family and allow my nerves to rest. I guess I wasn’t checking in with myself enough to realize that the stress has been building these past couple of weeks. Nothing is better for letting off some steam than playing Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots with your nephew :).

Despite all of the bad things that are happening in the world every day and the rush of the work week, I know that I can always come home. There, they don’t judge me or expect me to be someone that I’m not. They just want me as I am. That, my friends, is the best Christmas gift I could receive this year!

How have you all been coping with holiday stress?

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My parents’ monster, 14 foot tall Christmas tree!

This week has been busy, busy, busy! I’ve been keeping a positive attitude about everything, though, and that has made a lot of difference.

I’m still meditating as often as I can (mostly in the morning) and I try to set an intention for the day, even if it’s not fully fleshed out. For example, I woke up sort of groggy on Monday morning and I just set a positive intent for my day. I calmed myself from the inside out and immediately felt more upbeat and ready to take on the day. Sometimes, I have more specific intentions, such as imagining a successful meeting if I have an important one that day or week. The more I meditate, the more I’ve come to realize how much my thoughts affect the trajectory of my day. For the most part, if I stay positive, my experiences remain positive.

I’ve needed this optimism more now than ever with the holidays approaching. I made a promise to myself awhile back that I would begin buying gifts and preparing well in advance this year (since I am a huge procrastinator and leave almost everything until the last minute, thereby guaranteeing my own insanity), and it’s worked! I’m almost done all of my shopping and I feel pretty laid back.

I hope all of you readers are feeling just as laid back about the upcoming holidays! Did you finish all your shopping and decorating yet?

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