I have to admit that I am already feeling stress. Will I get everything I need to get done, done? What surprise will occur? What distractions will derail my productivity?
Maybe I’m lucky to be alone in my stress. I don’t usually talk about it with my clients and colleagues. And, my husband gets the cleaned up version, so that I don’t stress him out too much.
What Creates Stress For Me?
At lunch on Friday a longtime client asked me if I ever get stressed now that I’m so experienced and been in my practice for fifteen years. Yes!
I found myself saying that two things stress me:
- The possibility that I will not meet the expectations of my clients.
- The ebbs and flows of projects and income.
In reflection, one interesting thing is that I’ve been successfully meeting both stressors for more than fifteen years. There is actually a thrill in delivering great work to a new client. And, I have so many experiences of filling my pipeline when an unexpected gap appears.
What creates stress for you these days? What past evidence do you have that you will get beyond those stressors?
What Are My Antidotes?
Getting rid of stress doesn’t seem like a good plan. The days of reasonable expectations, timelines, resources, and relationships are not likely to return.
So, a good plan would include knowing what our own personal antibodies are for stress. Here are mine:
- Keeping my workout and yoga routine. When my body is calm, my brain is better.
- Eating the right diet, not succumbing to the easy or comfort foods available.
- Monitoring my own self-talk, a form of self-torture, and talking to people who “know” me.
- Getting clear on expectations and the facts, the current reality.
- Asking for feedback, what’s going well and what’s vulnerable.
What about you? Do any of these antidotes work for you? What else is on your list?
This week, put your antidotes into your work schedule. Don’t wait to have stress wrap around you. Make your antidotes more like preventatives.