Weekly Top 5: Things Keeping the Stress Off and the Mindfulness On
Is it just me, or does anyone else thrive on the feeling of being completely overwhelmed?
I don’t mean in the sense of money or family stresses - I mean in the sense of work. Your day job. The bread-winning gig that consumes 1/3 of your life (fun fact: the average person spends 90,000 hours at work in a lifetime). To me, there’s something truly bittersweet in this feeling, and I’ve come to realize that there may have been something telling in that 19-year-old college girl who waited until the day before a paper was due to complete it in just 24 hours. I take my work much more seriously now but, turns out, I work best when I feel overwhelmed. I work more confidently, I work more efficiently, and I work more quickly. Those are all pretty sweet things, right? Right. But there is a con and that con is stress. The dark, debilitating emotional state that can creep in and completely derail your productivity.
The past few weeks have been pretty cray over here in the Strategic Hospitality offices (we have two new incoming chefs at The Catbird Seat, we are opening a restaurant with a previous Catbird chef, and one of my closest colleagues is on her honeymoon) - needless to say, this Broad Varieties gal is taking all the steps to keep her focus and keep her head above water, all while enjoying every moment of it.
All of that is to say, here are the five things keeping my head
above water this week:
1. Sweat That Shiz OUT!
It’s no secret at this point that i’m getting my out-of-shape tush in gear to ride for Chefs Cycle in May. It’s a 300-mile bike ride in which i’ll be pedal-pushing 100 miles a day over a span of three days...and that certainly takes some training. Well it’s WINTER and it’s cold as all hell outside so i’ve taken to spinning...and Tylt is about as damn close as you can get to a real bike ~ indoors. It’s a new studio in the Gulch (the other side of the Gulch where you can comfortably show your sweaty face without fear of judgement) and I’ve been loving it. One by-product to working out as much as I’ve been? Reduced stress. I feel invigorated - I sleep better and I really seem to jump out of bed in the morning ready and excited to tackle the day.
2. Refresh and Revitalize with Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray
We recently moved our main office to 12S and, with a new restaurant rolling in, it’s still kind of a construction zone. Tara, the wonderful human being she is, brought with her some refreshing cucumber and green tea facial spray to give us a nice, refreshing, awakening spritz should we need it in the middle of a long day. The mist is infused with nutrient-rich botanicals and cucumber essential water that is said to revive dull, tired skin (goodbye stress!!). It’s a little bit of gentle midday pampering that I have definitely been indulging in.
3. Cook Your Heart Out
There’s something about coming home to cook dinner that immediately makes the stress of the day melt away. It’s almost like a benchmark - one calling for a relaxed evening to clear your head and mentally prepare for the next day. For the past few weeks, I’ve been cooking dishes that I’ll be able to carry with me to lunch, and one of those is my White Bean Chicken Chili. It’s a recipe my mom used to make for me when I was younger and one I keep heavy in my winter rotation.
4. Turn the Eff Off
I am the worst at this...Email. Instagram. Text. My Google Cal - all the things that turn me on are what I need to turn off...in moderation (let’s be real). As of recently, I’ve been trying to make a considerable effort to be more present, and unless an emergency pops up or I specifically designate time to work late, my attention needs to be present while I am at home. Without offering yourself the time to turn off, I truly believe that you will be unable to turn on as efficiently and deliberately.
5. Love what you do, and those you do it with
One of the biggest running jokes between my friends and I is that I’ll be working with Strategic Hospitality until I am old and gray...and I think that would be great. I’ve been at my gig for just over six years now and not only do I love what I do on a daily basis, but I love my colleagues. Happiness in work and in its culture is essential to a happy life and is a big part to why, while sometimes overwhelming and even when stress creeps in, my accomplishments remain rejuvenating and exciting.