I was just reading a great post about dealing with stress from Truth and Cake* (don’t you just love that blog title) and was about to post a comment but decided to share my recipes for stress busting here instead. So, without further ado, this is my list of top 3 stress busters:
Slamming kitchen cabinet doors:
Whenever I had a stressful day (I was an HR Director so it happened a lot) I’d come home and go through my kitchen opening and slamming shut every kitchen cabinet door. Besides eradicating my stressful day I learned things, too. For example:
- Upper cabinet doors slam the most satisfactorily;
- Don’t stand too close ’cause they can bounce back open and jam your finger; and
- It pays in the long run to invest in solid wood cabinets with good hinges.
Cursing while driving:
Why let all that frustration from dealing with traffic build up and explode all over everybody at work or home. Go ahead and let loose with a few of your favorite expletives directed at the Neanderthal who just cut you off on the interstate or freeway. After all, he or she is the one who deserves it. One caveat, though, keep your windows rolled up … way up.
Breaking ridiculously inane rules:
Some rules are just made to be broken. For example, your employer moves everyone into a new office space and some admin-type dispenses rules about keeping the red and gray (z-z-z-z) decor pristine. One rule is that nothing can be tacked up on the cubicle walls … no phone lists, no pics, nothing! That lasts about a month then a new rule comes from on high that says “things” can be posted on cube walls as long as they’re neatly placed … and only clear push pins can be used. So, what’s the stress buster? Yep, you guessed it … multi-colored push pins.
So, there you have it. Don’t let stress ruin your day, much less your life. Deal with it — head on. Bite the bullet or wring the neck instead of your hands. And then, as The Eagles so wisely sang …
*A big old THANKS to Truth and Cake for inspiring this post! You can check out her blog here.
Ahh, I too was the head of an HR department. That’s how I ended up with pets. They are so much nicer than people. I destressed on the way home by having those inappropriate conversations that you can’t have at work. You know the ones that start with, “listen a–h—!”
Ah, the memories, so sweet — not!
HR is a tough job and getting tougher every day. These days, I’m quite happy working for a leading publisher that specializes in HR and employment law. I get to use my experience but don’t have any of the stress.
“cursing while driving” – I’m so good at it, I’m thinking about including it on my resume…
LOL, as a former HR Director, I can’t say that I would recommend that.