This week at work is very stressful. There is a big deadline on Friday that affects my whole department, because a significant aspect of patent law changes on Saturday, and many clients want to do things this week to be grandfathered in under the current law. As much as we’ve tried to plan ahead and work ahead, there is a lot to be done by midnight local time on Friday.
As I got ready to face the week, I realized how much my ways of coping with stress have changed. In my “before” days–and even in the beginning of my “after” days–a week like this would have had me abandoning any efforts to keep up with my fitness routine. But now I know that physical exercise is essential to my mental well-being. The hour I spend working out will pay me back with interest in my ability to be productive and handle the stress at work. No amount of Starbucks can wake me up and get me going as much as a good run does!
I also might have used work deadlines as an excuse to rely on pizza and take-out to get through the week. But now I know that I will perform better at work if I fuel my body with nutritious foods. I made sure to stock up on healthy but quick things I can eat at the office (frozen entrees, pumpkin seeds, fruit) and did some cooking ahead on Sunday night so I will have some “real” food to eat when I get home late.
This gift from Chobani could not have come at a better time!
I’m not saying that I won’t be making extra trips to Starbucks, or that I won’t decide that I need a few Do-Si-Dos to get through the day, but I won’t be relying 100% on caffeine and sugar to get through the week!
How do you prepare for a stressful week?