To think that we are already a quarter of the way through 2021 is a bit crazy and scary in some capacities.
With business increasingly ramping up (huge shout out to our sales team!), life slowly going back to normal, and in turn all of our personal schedules are getting tighter and tighter (shout out to Sean Antle with three boys on baseball teams!).
With these potentially more stressful, packed days of professional and personal obligations it is easy to feel overwhelmed. I, too, struggle with this personally. It is hard to remember sometimes that “this too shall pass”, especially when anxiety and stress are at an all time high. A great article on Healthline, outlines 16 ways to relieve stress and anxiety. Most of the methods are pretty simple, and most of us have heard them over and over again - however, there was one that really struck a chord with me and caused some deep thinking.
The item of learning to say no is one that I most definitely struggle with. I want everyone to be happy and not let anyone down. But, one thing that I have realized is that I am actually doing a disservice to both myself and others. When I am stressed, or in an increased anxiety state, my quality of work and overall demeanor are impacted. If there is anything that I have learned over the last two months is that it is ok to ask for help (whether from a co-worker or through The Anti's new EAP program).
It is not failing at all. Unfortunately, I worked at an organization where it was frowned upon to ask for help from others, and in turn, am constantly having to unlearn specific behaviors I picked up there. Here at The Anti, we are quite lucky to have a great group of Ants on the mound. I have never been told that someone can’t help me here. The problem for me personally lied within - I needed to ask for help in order for me to get help. I have to give a huge shout out to everyone that I am currently working with on my projects who have really leaned in when necessary to ensure our clients are provided with a great product and service.
With May being Mental Health Awareness, I want to urge you all to hold yourself accountable for taking a quick walk throughout the day or practicing meditation. Contrary to what you may think, a simple 5-10 minute break (whether in the form of a walk, meditation, breathing exercise, or simple stretching) can provide a world of difference. Find an accountability partner, either at work or in your personal life. Make sure you are taking moments throughout the day to press ‘pause’. Who knows, you may find yourself more energized when you are able to reduce your stress and anxiety, and in turn, become a bit more productive too!
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