It is an interesting world out there, and at first hand can sometimes be a bit overwhelming. When a pressured assignment or project is underway, in all likelihood teams get through on adrenalin or the thrill of the chase of the deadline. It is often, when a project returns to normality, that we see signs of cracking or “distress” in our teams.
How we cope brings forward some interesting scenarios. Some cope by diet and exercise, while other cope by tuning out from the world in meditation. Others get focused on a hobby, or a pastime. Others cope by giving their all in a relationship or to their family. What is important, is that you do find a coping strategy that is best for you. Why? To be able to cope in a positive way, provides clearer focus and sharper execution.
Coping in a negative way, by use of alcohol or other vices, provides haze and is never the best solution. While alcohol may temporally dull the pressures, they return and the person gets caught up in a downward spiral.
Yet for many they live in a constant haze, coping and medicating with food, alcohol and/or drugs. That is not the best way for you in which to live your life. Self medicating is not the answer. I know some that need a quiet drink daily to take the edge of the day, without exploring other options.
Consider what is important in your life and determine whether your current method of coping is working? Is it achieving the optimum you? Sometime the opportunity to breathe deeply, be conscious of your breathing, get away from distractions and withdraw within. Consider also the benefits of a simple walk, 30 minutes should see you take in about 3kms, plenty of sunshine and fresh air. The benefits from building healthy habits to cope lowers blood pressure and risk of heart disease. It helps keep you active.
Do you have a coping strategy? How do you get away from the pressures of work? How do you get away from the pressures of life?
Healthy habits provide the opportunity for healthy coping.