Happy Anniversary Peeps! It's been a year since my jaw surgery. And I'm still trying to get back to blogging.
Last month I started course #4 in my Aromatherapy Certification. This has been a dream of mine even though I don't plan on leaving my current career behind any time soon. These courses add some balance to my life. In my fantasy world I become a wise Reiki Master and Aromatherapist and work with animals. Dogs and horses bark and neigh with joy wherever I appear.
But course #4 is a business class. And I thought it would be a no-brainer after those other courses, which involved research, case studies and (gasp!) chemistry. After all, I have worked in accounting for over 25 years. I should be able to do this in my sleep, right?
This course is challenging me to reevaluate the way I go about running my current business. It doesn't matter if all the debits equal all the credits. If you go home at night and furiously channel surf because you do not want to speak to any of your family after a day of dealing with the ridiculous compost pile of a tax code with which our country is saddled, something is wrong.
I made it through Module 1's focus on self-reflection. It was challenging. After all, I had surgery that wiped me out physically and emotionally and altered my appearance at the same time. There are times when I pass a mirror and it takes a moment to realize that the person looking out is me.
Module 2 focused on being successful in your chosen business. It kind of shocked me out that there was a chapter on job burnout at the BEGINNING of a business book. But this is a business class for the Holistic Health Industry. And I'm looking back at all my college courses wondering why nobody talked about this.
Our instructor gave us four choices for our first project for Module 2. When I first reviewed the choices, I made a mistake. I looked at Option 4, "Stress Management Plan," and my first reaction was “If I chose this one I will not get a good grade. All the other choices are more business oriented and the instructor might think I am taking the easy way out.”
Then I remembered that the reason that I am taking these Aromatherapy courses is so that that I don't become physically and emotionally burnt out in my professional life. I love my clients but I get exhausted trying to keep up with the tax law changes and levels of Federal and State government compliance that a tax practice entails. Blogpeeps, this is probably the most important assignment I could give myself.
So here is a copy of my homework assignment. These are the things I have been focusing on as I continue to recover from major surgery and actively work on reinvigorating my professional life. May it serve you well.
Ude’s 10 Point Stress Management Plan
- Say thank you. Plant your feet on the floor in the morning and say thank you for something. Anything. At first it may seem silly, but the more you do this, the more you will find to be thankful for.
- Hey you! Yes you. Breathe. That’s better. Now move. Move! Exercise is great when you have time. If you don’t, put on your favorite song and do a silly dance around your bedroom while you brush your teeth. Just breathe and move. Doesn’t that feel good?
- Commit an act of kindness. It costs nothing and it feels so good. It creates positive energy that will return to you all day.
- Is there anything you can say “NO” to today? It doesn't need to be a big thing. If you say no to something, you are not a failure. It will create space for something to which you want to say “YES!” And here is a little secret-if you say no to one thing, something better is guaranteed to come along.
- Open the door. Nature heals. Even if you only have five minutes, stand outside and stretch your body. If you live near a body of water, find time at least once a week to bask in its presence.
- Have you smelled a baby’s head today? It’s the most wonderful thing in the world. What smells make you feel grounded and happy? Horses. Carnations. The smell of the ocean. Freshly tilled earth. Hay. The floor of a forest after the rain. Aromatherapy doesn’t just come in a bottle. Go smell something wonderful.
- Eating is an act of nurturing. Eat well and mindfully. Learn what your body needs to consume to function like the high performance thoroughbred you are. And eat dark chocolate. In your pajamas. With fuzzy slippers on.
- Touch or be touched. Ask for a hug. Touch someone on the shoulder. Get a massage. Give a high five.
- Sleep. Chose how long to sleep and don’t let anyone interrupt the commitment you have made to your body so it can rest and your mind so it can process the day. If something is interrupting the quality of your sleep, find out why and make it stop. Find a place to stretch out for a few minutes during the day, even at your place of work.
- Your favorite late night talk show host wants you to have a good belly laugh before bed to release stress and take in some wonderful oxygen. If you can’t stay up late enough to watch the show live, tape it and watch it tomorrow. With that dark chocolate you have been saving.
The assignment was for a 10 point plan. So, I didn't get to include number 11 in my homework. But this is my blog. I offer you the 11th point with utter sincerity.
Above all, be silly.