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Empathy Only Stressing

Wispiwill

Well-Known Member
#1
So today I get to go back to work for the first time since lock-down. Doing something I haven't done for a while = stress. I get to travel - which also = stress. I get to navigate the NEW way of travelling on public transport (social distancing, reduced service, masks, contactless payment which I have NEVER used before). So - lots of new things which are major stressors for me.

So.

I'm stressed.

I KNOW that I'll be fine. I'm only panicking because I haven't done this before and I always worry that something will go wrong (which is why I always plan a backup and often a backup to that as well) - and I've done that. I'm as prepared as I can be. Realistically, I KNOW it'll be fine. Logically, I KNOW it'll be fine. Probability dictates that things will be ok (I'm not going to be the first person to have never used contactless before - I can guarantee that). I WISH that my brain could tell those stupid glands that are producing all those lovely stress chemicals to stop it.

And yes, I'm doing the whole deep breathing thing - which works for about a minute.

So... I'm typing this to help get it out of my system. I don't expect any sympathy or wise advice or anything. I just needed to write it and have it there (well, somewhere anyway).

Plus, since I'm going to be working - I won't be able to around as much so if I'm slow to reply to anything or just go quiet completely - that's why (not that I do much around here anyway).

I'm fine. Really.
 
#2
Hi. I get stressing; I often stress out when I've never done something before. For some reason contactless payment is a huge stressor for me as well - probably because I use standard forms of payment 99% of the time. The first time is always the hardest but I'm sure you'll be fine. As a bonus you will probably feel great after you manage to do it too. Good luck!
 

Kiwi2016

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#3
Just sending you very positive thoughts that all goes well for you today...and I too can relate to work = stress. Remember to be gentle on yourself today. Sending you hugs.
 

Wispiwill

Well-Known Member
#4
Thanks for the good wishes everyone. As you may have surmised - I survived my first day back. Just got all the other days to get through now but at least the first one's done.

Thanks again.
 
#5
was about to say good luck- but just seen you've done it already! well done :)
I understand you, I'm the same with new situations, always thinking of every little thing that could go wrong or be awkward and making backup plans. It's so annoying and anxiety-inducing but we always get through it fine normally dont we :)
 

Wispiwill

Well-Known Member
#6
I just wish I could get my mind to stop telling me all the things that can go horribly wrong with things. Or, better still, accept that I'm as well prepared for a situation as anyone and that even if it did go badly, it's not the end of the world.

And thanks for the good luck you intended to send :)
 
#7
I just wish I could get my mind to stop telling me all the things that can go horribly wrong with things. Or, better still, accept that I'm as well prepared for a situation as anyone and that even if it did go badly, it's not the end of the world.

And thanks for the good luck you intended to send :)
yeah, I understand, it's hard to deal with and frustrating *hug
at least we're better prepared than most people! ♥
 

Daphna

Ninja of light
#8
So today I get to go back to work for the first time since lock-down. Doing something I haven't done for a while = stress. I get to travel - which also = stress. I get to navigate the NEW way of travelling on public transport (social distancing, reduced service, masks, contactless payment which I have NEVER used before). So - lots of new things which are major stressors for me.

So.

I'm stressed.

I KNOW that I'll be fine. I'm only panicking because I haven't done this before and I always worry that something will go wrong (which is why I always plan a backup and often a backup to that as well) - and I've done that. I'm as prepared as I can be. Realistically, I KNOW it'll be fine. Logically, I KNOW it'll be fine. Probability dictates that things will be ok (I'm not going to be the first person to have never used contactless before - I can guarantee that). I WISH that my brain could tell those stupid glands that are producing all those lovely stress chemicals to stop it.

And yes, I'm doing the whole deep breathing thing - which works for about a minute.

So... I'm typing this to help get it out of my system. I don't expect any sympathy or wise advice or anything. I just needed to write it and have it there (well, somewhere anyway).

Plus, since I'm going to be working - I won't be able to around as much so if I'm slow to reply to anything or just go quiet completely - that's why (not that I do much around here anyway).

I'm fine. Really.
There are many adjustments to get used to now. I agree completely. Happy you are able to get some normalcy back into your life.
 

Champagne

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SF Supporter
#9
Yay for getting through the day okay, its natural to worry about change to some extent, I hope everything stays okay for you, keep us posted and keep us updated of course. You can do it :)
 

Wispiwill

Well-Known Member
#11
Thanks everyone. Not sure what else there is for me to say.

Finished the first week now (I only work 3 days). Lots of changes but mostly ones I was expecting (I work in non-essential retail). Next hurdle comes next week when we actually open to the public and have customers. THEN we get to see if managements plans actually work.
 

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