Real life stress

My education into the world of stress came to me a few years ago when I was working at a very demanding job. When I took on the job I was gung-ho and set up a variety of systems to insure I did the job well.  I was  organized, articulate and efficient at what needed to get done and  I felt  capable and confident in what I was doing.  As time went on, I  achieved great strides and many kudos from my colleagues.

The demands of the position grew and became overwhelming and unreasonable for me to achieve on my own. I kept pace for a long period of time and did not recognize that it was getting away on me. Some of the signs (in retrospect) that showed me I was not coping well were that I became less organized,more frustrated and overwhelmed by the workload. I had less patience with my colleagues, my clients and myself.  I lost my sense of humor and developed a multitude of aches and pains. I contracted a bad virus that left me with a bout of bronchitis that lasted several months. On top of all this, I had a family with their needs and expectations.  After two years in this pressure cooker position, I reached a breaking point and lost it. Never in a million years would I have seen this coming but what was happening was totally indicative of an excess amount of adrenaline and cortisol running through my veins.  I was totally stressed.

Now some people when they reach this breaking point quit their jobs, others stay and quit their jobs and others go on stress leave. For me, I took stock of my situation and realized that I was not happy both with the job and with the direction my life was going. I did alot of soul searching and asked myself what I wanted in my life.  I realized then that I wanted to move on and start my coaching practice and I did additional education and training and became a specialist in stress and stress management.

Is my life stress free? Do I have stress handled so that I am no longer impacted by its unhealthy grip? Nope! I am human and as such am challenged by the obstacles that come my way. I am much better at recognizing when I am disconnected from myself by getting into the moment so that I can gain some perspective and effectively manage my stress through the use of the “in the moment” tools that I teach. However, life happens and we must respond.   My goal is to react in a way that is in integrity with what I want and what I believe. Sometimes, easier said than done.

In my next post, I will discuss some of the beginning signs of stress so you can become aware of how stress may be impacting your life and your perfomance.  Only through awareness can we bring about change in our lives.

Have a great weekend.

Gerrianne

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