It’s kind of funny when you think about it, ironic even. We have in our midst now a workplace environment where emphasis is placed on maintaining employee “wellness”. Nothing overly altruistic, it’s a move made not only for the sake of the workers but also for the sake of the employers bottom line cost of healthcare coverage. There’s also been a lot of talk thrown around the office concerning an employee’s ability to battle stress; a lot of talk. Which to me is somewhat disingenuous because if an employer truly wanted to help their employees battle stress, they’d ensure that their workers received more money in their pockets at the end of a pay period or limit their work load or recognize their contributions or not try to force them to work outside of their job descriptions. But I digress.
The good thing about this trend-because I truly think that it’s only a trend-is that we all can use a bit of help when it comes to identifying and combating stress. Stress is a killer and we need to be able to recognize the symptoms of it: irritability, loss of sleep, weight loss, headaches, lack of concentration just to name a few. We also need to know how to fight it and regain a solid footing on the road to good mental health. Everything I’ve ever read says that occupying your mind with a hobby is a major way to get between yourself and the pressure. And if it’s a hobby that lets you break a bit of a sweat then you’re doubly blessed, indeed. Problem is what do you do when your chosen hobby, the one that hopefully relieves your stress levels, takes those levels in the opposite direction? I’ll tell you what you do; you have a little faith.
Gardening is a great hobby with which to relax. There’s nothing like putting spade to dirt in order to grow something. You step back with a feeling of accomplishment not present in other hobbies or recreational activities. But it does, after all, involve nature and thus isn’t something that will go just as planned. This summer is a very good case in point. Hot, humid weather is raising a ruckus in many gardens across the region. Bacterial or fungal infections are lurking in our yards and only need a bit more “splash” to get really going. You want to talk about stress? Try watching your whole growing season, along with the money spent to get it started, go down the toilet right before your very eyes.
So, you have faith that all will be OK. Trust yourself and have confidence in your abilities to achieve what you set out to do. Don’t concentrate on the bad that’s happening but rather put your emphasis on creating a plan of action to solve your situation. It’ll take your mind off your difficulty, if only for a spell and at the same time, give you viable alternatives that may even afford you some success. June is Men’s Health Month; a time to promote awareness of men’s health issues including early detection and treatment of diseases among men and boys. But as 53% of Americans say that they receive little to no help in their stress management efforts from their healthcare providers (Harris Interactive), it’s apparent that we need to be able to help ourselves as much as possible. Truly help yourself by not sweating it. It won’t change anything if you do and will only make you sick in the long run.
- Try to develop a solution
- If not successful in your initial attempt, look for alternatives
- Seek help; again attempt to find alternative solutions with the aid of others
- If all efforts fail and you truly have tried to seek a solution then forget it (Not exactly how she put it but you get the idea)