The Corporate Couch – Stressed to the MaxRachel Matson
Dear Dr. Mimi:
I am working from home and working nonstop and longer hours due to the pandemic. As a result, I am getting more and more stressed and more and more cranky. Last night I yelled at my kids, and they really did not deserve the tongue-lashing that I gave them. I did apologize, but we are all feeling the tension today. What can I do to relieve the stress that I am under?
-Stressed to the Max
You are not alone. Your stress is real, and you need to be kinder to yourself. Start by scheduling breaks. Set a timer and walk away from your “office.” Go outside for a walk. Do some stretching exercises. Call a friend. Listen to music. In other words, get away from your work both physically and mentally. You might also use this time to write a “love letter” to your kids, telling them not only that you are sorry, but also letting them know all the good things that you appreciate about them.
Dr. Mimi Hull is a licensed psychologist, she has a master’s in counseling and personnel services and a doctorate in psychology with specialization in business management from the University of Florida.