When to Ask for Help . . . or Welcome to the Club

Contributing Author: Meri Althauser, Workplace Wellness Specialist, National Wellness Institute & Resilience and Thriving Facilitator, Organizational Wellness and Learning Systems

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*goes to yoga*…

*still doesn’t do spreadsheet*…

*you do the spreadsheet*.

You need to evaluate and tackle the stressor before you can move on to handling the stress. It won’t work for everything (world peace!) but strategize for things like: time management, conflict management, overburdensome work requirements, tasks at home, relationship stress, healthy eating, or even basic legal skills like writing, questioning of witnesses, and research. Take the time to take a class, learn a new method, work with your team, or adopt a new technology that helps reduce the impact of those stressors.

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When things change, does it make your tummy feel queasy?

When things change, does it make you sad to miss out on the way things were before?

Change is hard! Think of times in the past that change has occurred in your life. Can you make a list of all the good things that happened after a change? Use as many colors as you can find when you make your list!

Color a picture of your favorite new things or routines!

Thinking through this task I was awash (get it!) with a brief reprieve from the overwhelm of the day. Hands soaked in toilet water, I imagined what I’d put on my list and pictured my 2nd grader’s cute, brightly colored and mis-spelled mindfulness homework. I optimistically envisioned she’d be returning at the end of the day totally happy with seeing her friends and finding the COVID protocols at school to be no big deal. For just a second, I thought of not sending out a swear-word-laden S.O.S. text to my husband. My 2020 Zen bathroom moment was disturbed: “UGGGHHHHhh!!! MOOOOMMM!!! How am I supposed to get ready!? Gross! I hate this house!!” The sweet coos of a teenager in the morning brought me back to reality.

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