Most of us, if not all, have those “I just want to strangle people” moments when we are burnt out. One of the things I actually struggle with when it comes to RL work is always taking pity on others and ending up doing their work for them. I tell myself that one day I will be facing a tough situation and someone is going to do the same for me. The previous weeks, I have noticed that I have become irritable and moody. I have also been having frequent migraines, I am easily fatigued, and not to mention the horrible condition of my otherwise clear skin.
One night, I got home from work and just burst out crying. The hubby came to the rescue visibly distraught from seeing me in tears. He reminded me to slow down my pace and that there’s nobody else who can help me but myself by learning how to refuse added work load that shouldn’t even be mine in the first place.
It is normal to want to help out but it is a whole other thing to be overly acquiescent. You shouldn’t feel guilty for turning down others if it means keeping your sanity (and your health) in check. BUT, you don’t have to be rude when doing so. Do it the right way – firm yet polite.
Not being able to say no is the same as stripping yourself of the right to control your time (life). Keep in mind that a request is NOT obligatory.
There are tons you can do to reduce your cortisol level aka the stress hormone. Here are my favorite ways to de-stress after a long, chaotic day at work:
1. Going to the gym or going for a run
2. Taking a relaxing bubble bath
3. Aromatherapy (I personally love ylang ylang, chamomile, and peppermint)
4. Meditating while listening to calming music – I have a playlist on my phone filled with soothing ambient sounds
5. Playing the piano or guitar
6. Riding a roller coaster and screaming my lungs out
7. Movie or TV show marathon
8. Playing video games
9. Swimming or any kind of water sport
and of course,
10. Retail therapy 😀
How do you de-stress?