It may seem contradictory, but you could be causing your stress by not finishing tasks—but you can learn to curb stress by getting more done!
By Carol Rickard
I was thinking back to when I started working at the hospital and how much better I have gotten at managing stress since then!
Back then, I used to average about three migraines a month & thought there was nothing I could do to stop them.
I started seeing a new doctor who helped me realize it was work stress which was triggering the migraines.
His words to me: “Carol, if you can manage this work stress better, you won’t have as many migraines.”
So, I set out to do just that…
One of the things I figured out was the biggest source of stress was:
I was actually creating more stress for myself by not finishing things and then having to stay an hour later than my coworkers doing what I didn’t finish during the day.
Truth be told: I used to feel angry that they all got to leave work on time and I didn’t.
I noticed I did this at home too!
Here are some examples:
- I’d be fixing a cup of coffee and in the middle of doing so, notice the dog needed water, so I’d go give the dog water!
- I’d get laundry washed and folded, but leave it on the dryer for weeks!
- I’d start vacuuming then right in the middle, see a table to dust & go do that!
What about you?
Do you start things & have a tendency to NOT finish them?
If so, you are not alone!
HOW DID I CHANGE THINGS AROUND?
Using this 2-step process:
Step 1 – Pay attention & start to become aware of WHEN you don’t finish things. (Ex. Not finishing my coffee.)
Step 2 – Once you catch yourself, use my FINISH LifeTOOL. Simply repeat this phrase out loud:
“(Your name), Focus In Right Now Instead Stopping Halfway.”
I’d say to myself: “Carol, Focus In Right Now Instead Stopping Halfway.” It’s amazing how saying this to yourself out loud pushes you to go on & FINISH what you were doing!
In case you this slipped by you, here is my WordTool for FINISH:
I hope this serves you well!
~ To Living Well TODAY! ~
via Esperanza – Hope To Cope
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