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Work Unwinders for a Military Female
"Numerous studies show that job stress is far and away the major source of stress for American adults and that it has escalated progressively over the past few decades." That statistic blended with the unique responsibilities of a U.S. military service member can be the formula for a major meltdown. Although females deal with stress differently, they do not always take the healthiest route.
Ways to start easing your workplace woes:
- Time management - This is #1 on my list because of its importance. Keep a to do list to assist you in accomplishing your work and personal tasks. Try not to procrastinate and squeeze in some daily "me time." When you depart your place of duty - leave your work at work! If you can spare them, use a couple leave days when needed.
- Organization - Keep your work and personal area as neat as you can. Reducing your distractions will keep you more on schedule.
- Exercise - As a service member, you are already required to be at a higher standard of physical fitness than "normal." If you rather not do military exercises on your own time, take up yoga, zumba or another way to have fun while keeping your body conditioned. If you work in an office, stand up at your desk every hour to stretch or walk around for a bit.
- Sense of Humor - Laughter is one of the best medicines available on this earth. Making light of a situation is better than complaining about it. Your fellow service members will appreciate your sunshine.
- Spirituality - Become more involved in your religion and take time to meditate. Give yourself a chance to reflect and recognize what you can and cannot change.
- Social Contact - Get together with a friend weekly. Even if you have a busy schedule, you will look forward to unwinding, shedding your military shell and being your true self.
- Journal - Keep track of different situations that you are going through. This can calm you down and perhaps, force you to look at at a situation from another perspective.
- Sounds - Expose yourself to music that relaxes you or invest in a machine with soothing sounds of nature.
- Sleep - By no means should you sleep your life away! You do,however, need to give your body the rest it needs. Lack of sleep can affect your mood, health and quality of work.
- Playtime - Download some game apps to your cellphone. When you feel overwhelmed, take a quick (2 minute) break with some mindless entertainment. Keep it professional (hide in a bathroom stall and also DO NOT do this more than twice during work hours) so you don't get into trouble and cause yourself more stress.
- Diet - Switch to a healthier diet so your stress does not manifest into a weight problem. Try healthier snacks, tea (decaf at night!) and fish.
- Goals - Remain focused on your dreams - military and civilian. What do u want to be when u grow up?
- Plants - Buy a low-maintenance plant that you can realistically care for. It doesn't need as much attention as a pet and it's a living thing you can bond with.
Use Stress for Good
Although these tips will not eliminate your stress altogether, it can help you achieve some balance in your life. Remember not all stress is bad. After you learn how to properly manage it, you can use stress to motivate and push you in ways that you never knew possible.