September has been a particularly busy month for Engage Driver Services. We have switched to a new survey system, are in the process of switching to new software for making calls, and are working on a plethora of new projects. On top of that, we were also preparing our table and presentations for Reach.
I’ll admit it – I get stressed out over almost everything. I think it began when I started kindergarten. Not only did I have to leave my seven (that’s right, 7) imaginary friends at home and make real friends, but I also had to learn how to get my classwork and homework done in an allotted amount of time. I couldn’t stand the thought of getting a note sent home to my mom because I hadn’t turned in my work.
And that was kindergarten. It only got crazier as I advanced in school. By the time senior year rolled around, I was trying to balance AP Government/Economics, AP Anatomy/Physiology, Honors English, Creative Writing, drama club, Science Olympiad, student council, and a myriad of other classes and organizations (can we say overachiever?). At least it prepared me for college!
My mom gave me some advice one day when I was 17 and feeling particularly anxious about finals and papers: “Take it one step at a time, and don’t forget to give yourself a break every now and then.” Here are a few more tips she shared with me about dealing with stress:
- It’s okay to multitask, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed, concentrate on what’s due first.
- Exercise. It helps clear the mind and can alleviate frustration.
- Allow yourself to have fun. Take a break and watch a funny show or spend time with friends who make you laugh.
- Have a support system – people you can call, text, or email for encouragement.
- Get some sleep! It’s common to pull all-nighters in the wake of pressing deadlines, but you’ll feel worse the next day.
While stress in the corporate world is a bit different from stress in the academic world, the tips my mom gave me for handling overwhelming situations still ring true. I have been able to accomplish a lot this month by keeping her advice in mind. Mom knows best (but don’t tell her I said so).
Janna B. is a Engage Services Trainer who is begrudgingly becoming a morning person and wishes she lived in the late 1960s/early 1970s.