First of all, I apologize for the vent yesterday. It was such a humiliating and exhausting day, that I had so much steam to get out! Second, I finished the assignment for today and I'm determined to turn things around today. I got a good 6 hours of sleep, a great workout in this morning, submitted my assignment and I'm back to work now. The past 24 hours has made me think that a step-by-step Plan of Attack on Stress might be useful. Stress is inevitable and we can't always take all the necessary measures to prevent it. Either life happens or things take longer than we had hoped, or natural, human laziness kicks in. So here are a few steps to take when you get to that breaking point:
1. Ask yourself, what 1 or 2 things do you have due tomorrow (or your soonest deadline)? Just focus on 1 at a time, in order of imminence.
2. After completing that (or those) task(s), try to get some sleep. Whether it's 2 hours or more, rest is rest. It'll help. After that rest, jump in the shower, and indulge in a strong coffee. You'll need it.
3. If you have time, either before or after work, force yourself to get to the gym. Remind yourself that the voice in your head that says you'd be better off going home to rest, is wrong!
4. At the end of the day, take out a healthy & balanced meal. Whether it's a wrap full of chicken and veggies from the neighborhood Deli, or a steamed chicken and vegetables with brown rice from your local Chinese takeout joint, just pick it up and bring it home. Not only do you deserve it, but chances are, if you don't, you'll eat whatever is least healthy and easiest to throw together at home. Even if your refrigerator is chalk full of healthy foods, there are so many ways to make healthy foods unhealthy when you're exhausted and hungry.
5. List the next few things you have to do. Let the cycle start over. Each subsequent cycle will become gradually less stressful and more rewarding.