The Negative impact of Stress

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I think stress and lack of sleep are two big factors in maintaining your health and weight loss. Without giving too much away (as I’m still employed – for the moment!) we’ve had a lot of spot fires to put out due to lack of staff and absences, so my workload has increased – to say the least!

I am already doing my old job as well as someone else’s job  and recent events have revealed that there is a lot of backlog and errors to complete. It also doesn’t help when phone calls, emails and people continue interrupting with questions and crises – forcing me to switch focus and re-prioritize every 5 – 10 minutes!

Throw on top of that certain personalities who range from Mild irritant to Machiavellian and Passive Aggressively Sarcastic – then you can only obtain a glimpse into my work day. It’s very hard to plow through old work when new work continues streaming in, which is why I’m grateful for a couple of people who are helping – and others who came forth yesterday.

It’s also difficult to retain your composure when you are talked down to, while you’re spinning plates and trying to get work done which isn’t even yours. This sounds like whining, but I assure you it’s not. Anyway – I’ll talk more about stress in the workplace in a future post. Now I want to discuss how the situation has affected my health over the past week.

As I stated in my last post, I was all gung-ho about forging ahead with my regime – but I found myself exhausted when I got home every night – even after having a nap on the bus on the way home. I was only averaging 5 hours sleep per night and didn’t have time to exercise in the mornings due to still being exhausted when I woke up. I cooked two nights, got rotisserie chicken one night, then burgers another night.

The other night is a blur. I feel puffy and bloated, tired and short-tempered – as I’m barely holding my temper in. At work yesterday – after an annoying meeting and continued stress – I felt my chest continuously grow into a gnarled fist. By the time I walked out of the door I was a ball of rage.

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Apparently desk rage is steadily on the rise, as workers are often feeling like they need to repress the building anger and despair over being trapped in a futile job, where they cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I did many things to try and relieve the pressure, like listening to music on the way to work and at night, short meditations and breathing exercises – when I had the chance – in the bathroom!

My breakfasts and lunches were still healthy but the cumulative effect of it all crashing down became too much. So, I’ve made a decision – one which I’ll reveal next week – where I will finally achieve one of the greatest desires I’ve had for most of my adult life.

I’m going to keep this post short, as I have started freelancing and have a job to complete. (Part of my surprise!) Here’s a link about de-stressing with food and alternative healing:

Alternative Healing and Stress

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According to MyDomain.com – Here’s what you should reach for the next time you’re hungry and stressed:

  1. Leafy green vegetables
  2. Turkey breast
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Yogurt
  5. Salmon
  6. Blueberries
  7. Pistachios
  8. Dark chocolate
  9. Milk
  10. Seeds
  11. Avocado
  12. Cashews

Link: http://www.mydomaine.com/stress-reducing-foods

I am going to try and catch up on my sleep this weekend (even though “they” say that you can never actually catch up on sleep) and I will make time for healthy eating and exercise. Like Robert told me, if they’re already getting to you, why would you allow it to keep going after hours? It’s like doing the punishing for them!

Until next week, stay happy, healthy – and Merry Christmas!

 

 

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