My life for the next three weeks will be comprised of tracking 13 local races, answering lots of not-so-nice phone calls, and organizing and pitching the remaining bazillion stories my newspaper needs to run prior to Nov. 6. And I love it. The 2012 election is one of the reasons I was so happy to…
1. Zumba + yoga
Pretend you are a stretchy dancer in the hours that you are not sitting at a desk emailing lawyers.
2. Don’t overreact to situations
People under stress can get tense. Doing Taekwondo for awhile taught me to continue functioning while being yelled at. Instead of wasting energy making sure everyone thinks you’re doing perfect and you’re “100% cool, right?” just get the work done.
3. Don’t use stress as a reason to let the rest of your life go
I’ve learned I can function with a lot less spare time than I thought I could as long as I use it productively rather than just feeling sorry for myself and sitting on the couch amidst a pile of garbage and dirty dishes.
4. Drink but don’t get drunk
I’m in advertising(ish) so drinking is a natural part of all post-hours work events. This can quell the fire alarms of stress. Don’t get drunk on a work night unless you are sure you can acceptably consume a bloody mary at some point during the next day.
5. Buy yourself stuff
Spending money on yourself is a good way to remind yourself that something is coming out of all the work you are doing, something that you can spend on fancy tea sets from Patina (which will give you even more of an illusion of calmness).