what kind of therapy or practice will help my work stress?
January 12, 2014 7:22 PM Subscribe
My new job is really stressful. The tools we use are slow, buggy, and unreliable; while the pace is frantic and the volume of the work is extremely high. During the day, my stress levels often rise to the point where I'm holding my breath and my heart is pounding, even though I'm just sitting there -- in fact, I'm often sitting there for hours at a time, because there's so much to do, I can't even get up and take a stretching break to calm down. I'd like to develop the ability to calm myself down quickly and reliably. Have you taught yourself to do this? How?
posted by fingersandtoes to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
This is one of those things where perspective doesn't really help. I know intellectually that it is just not a big deal in the universe, and probably not even for my family, maybe not even for my career, if some of this junk doesn't get done, or gets done more slowly. But this doesn't help me during the day when the emails are flying, the directors are calling, the Windows ball is spinning and I get completely overwhelmed. I find myself holding my breath like I remember myself doing in junior high. Often it takes me hours to calm down after the work day is over.
Sometimes I am afraid I am going to have a heart attack.
A healthy exercise habit would be helpful, but a foot injury is preventing me from running safely, and the gym is far away and requires time I don't really have to get there and back. Plus honestly, by the end of the day I'm sometimes so agitated I feel like I'm not safe to drive.
Has anyone developed a method for interrupting the stress cyclone?