Defeating Those Times -Let’s Be Real


Believe it or not that was me in 2006, drained, stretched to the point of the rubber band breaking. Let’s face it, there are those days that really challenges us! Some say life’s challenges builds character, but then just how much character can one built as the cliche goes.

There are many articles on stress relief to managing our stress in daily life. I find some realistic while others do offer sound advice yet are just rubbish as far as I am concerned.

State_Farm_Call_Center_flickrState_Farm_t670This photo is a good example, a call center setting, answering calls from good to the ugly ones that make you take a deep breath and bite your tongue. To add to the pot, you have KPI’s and Prod stats to worry about so that you don’t find yourself on a verbal warning and trying to keep all calls to a five minute or less duration. I have seen some have chocolate candies at their desks to nibble on while writing their notes before the next call that may fill the ears with loud foul language. I have seen others with large bottles of Tums on their desks,  We each have our own vices and our own ways of handling stress or other life challenges.

In some of the articles that I have read, they say when stressed to take walks to refresh yourself which is sound advice and does work wonders. I have seen upper class management able to get away from their desks and do just that to the hour and half to two hour lunches but you still have some time to go before you’re thirty minute lunch break.

So what do you do?

When I was just a snot nosed know it all, invincible to the world or so I thought at the time. There was a guest speaker I forget if it was school or at one of my prior jobs and I’ll LP-Plastic-Hanger1never forget the phrase that he used. The message was to hang our frustrations up prior to entering and when leaving, to hang those emotions up so we don’t take them home. It made sense to me.  It’s not a cure all to all forms of stress that affects us, but for some -a piece of cake.

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  1. My husband works in sales and he most certainly has his days. Unfortunately, I think the stress is getting to him to a point of no return. I’m hoping he finds a way to cope with it eventually. I know one thing…I don’t envy anybody with a customer service job.

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    1. No nor do I. I did for over five years and the rubber band can only stretch so far. For both of your sake, I hope he does to. Certain stresses can eat us alive if we don’t find a way to cope with those stressors.

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  2. Interesting post on an important topic! Hanging your stress up at the door sounds like a good way for those who can do it. I don’t find it a piece of cake myself, but coincidentally, a piece of cake is one of the ways I am very likely to try coping with stress.

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  3. I did the call center thing; was pretty stressful on those same grounds. some were just so miserable at work and wouldn’t hesitate to put others down ‘cuz misery loves company; since then, I’ve been a little more attuned to how people’s mind states can affect how beneficial or toxic a place can be.

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