There is nothing like finally having down a set schedule. Having everything in its place. Everything is jiving. Then it happens, it is time for shift change. Now I know that some of you are so go with the flow, rolling with the punches and still come out smelling like flowers....well maybe not flowers but you get my point right. Others can find this time of the year stressful. The outcome of shift change can turn your world upside down. It can change school plans, childcare, how often you get to see your spouse or partner, it can change your vacation plans, and the list goes on.
This time I am no exception. For the first time in years I am going to be working on opposing sides of the week from my husband. Now although this was planned and we knew hardships would come with it. This was a change that needed to happen, it made more sense for our home life to help with the kids. We have three girls and each of them are in two activities, which means tons of running around for whomever has the kids that day. We wanted to give our families a break from all the hustle and bustle. We wanted to take on the task ourselves, not only so that they had one of us each day of the week but to also help out with school work. In order to do this we had to make some sacrifices as all families do. Like I said even though this was planned, we know this will also take a toll and bring on some new stressors.
Changes at work are considered to be included in the top 10 most stressful life events for adults. Other stresses that we are all familiar with at home and confront at work are selling your home, starting a new job, becoming a victim of a crime, death of a family member, marriage, divorce etc. Stressors, we have been told are usually looked at as a just mental mindset, shoot for the stars, find the silver lining, yada yada blah blah blah! However, If you do not have a plan set, a way to navigate and release the stress it can take a toll on your health.
Stress can come in many forms and unfortunately in Law Enforcement we experience stress daily, wether it be in the field or in the dispatch center. I don't think there has been one day in the last 18years that I have not had someone yell at me, blame me for their issues, cuss me out, or remind me that they pay my salary! These continuing stressors can turn into Chronic pain, Obesity, Depression, Anxiety, & Accelerated Aging (well that explains a-lot!) to name a few. I also found out that during my research that I believe (this is me diagnosing myself) that I possibly have chronic stress, which is degenerative by the way, it consists of feeling jumpy, unable to settle down, the need to always be doing something, & always feeling behind in my daily tasks! After reading this though, I thought maybe thats just my type A personality mixed in with being a dispatcher and a mom! I do not even recognize what down time is! Am I alone here?! Anyone?
So now that we have taken the first step in recognizing that we do have some stress in our day to day lives that we either prepared for or have taken us by surprise. What else can we do to lighten the blow?
Time to start letting go and relieve some stress! Let me know what works for you!
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