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Darko2300
Saturday, March 3, 2007, 2:40am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Well I gave my two week notice at my current job the other day.  I start my new job on the 16th and already I'm stressing out about it.  What if they don't let me have two mini-breaks instead of one regular break?  Can I find time to nibble on something every couple of hours?  How will I work different hours on different days and maintain a routine?  I'm guess I'm having trouble trying to fit the Type A lifestyle guidelines into a retail environment.

Do you guys have any suggestions?  What do you do at your job/place of employment?  Are there any special coping strategies you use when things get tough?

And just out of curiousity, what do my fellow type A's do for work?

*stops to breathe*

I think perhaps I should do some more yoga, lol.  
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Alia Vo
Saturday, March 3, 2007, 3:12am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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You can utilize your breaks to their full potential even if it is not the specified two-twenty minute breaks in a work day as suggested in LR.

Use your time to get away from your work environment by going to a quiet place to reflect, pray, read, meditate, do some alternate nostril breathing exercises, et al.

It is important to take some time soley for yourself to remain calm throughout the workday.

You can pack items such as fresh fruit, dried fruit, a compliant trail mix, a small handful of nuts, and individual bags of green tea to work with you; all of these items fit nicely in a woman's purse.

Alia


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veggiegirl
Sunday, March 4, 2007, 12:46am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hello Darko2300,

I agree with Alia.  Use your breaks for "me time".  Get away from your workspace.  I find it calming to go for a walk around my building when I get the chance or during lunch time.  I work in a city one block from the river so walking along the river is very calming.  It clears my mind and I feel refreshed.

I work for an insurance company in middle management.  I have a staff of 12 people and the personnel issues are always a challenge.  My job is moderately stressful, but lately I've been trying breathing exercises such as alternate nostril breathing.  Positive thinking helps, too.  I'm learning that I can't always control what is happening around me, but I can control how I react to it.  I'm still learning myself, but the aforementioned things do help me.

About 3 years ago, my husband and I moved to the country.  We both work in the same city and commute to work (about 1 hr one way) together.  One of the most relaxing things of all is coming home and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  I'm so thankful we were blessed with our new home and it's splendid location.  

Best of luck to you!


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Well I gave my two week notice at my current job the other day.  I start my new job on the 16th and already I'm stressing out about it.  What if they don't let me have two mini-breaks instead of one regular break?  Can I find time to nibble on something every couple of hours?  How will I work different hours on different days and maintain a routine?  I'm guess I'm having trouble trying to fit the Type A lifestyle guidelines into a retail environment.

Do you guys have any suggestions?  What do you do at your job/place of employment?  Are there any special coping strategies you use when things get tough?

And just out of curiousity, what do my fellow type A's do for work?

*stops to breathe*

I think perhaps I should do some more yoga, lol.  




I do find it hard to fit in eating when I work, I've gotten to the point of bringing snacks instead of actual meals as the time goes by so quickly. My own trail mix or dried apricots or walnuts are usually all I really have time for, also water or cooled green tea in a bottle.

How long is your break?

Good for you for moving on!

I also work retail.
I do enjoy it although sometimes when it gets crowded I can start to get uncomfortable, but when I am able to work one-one that's perfect for me!

Cheers!
Shelley
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I always have a small container with trail mix in my laptop bag as well as some water and juice packets in the car...for dietary emergencies

Basically, I can and do eat at my desk, even if I am out at a client.  In addition to my main lunch (veg/salad and fish of some kind) I eat fruit like apples/bananas (anything you can eat without covering your hands, your top, your keyboard in juice)...Work actually enrourage this and have put up a fruit bowl with free apples,bananas and oranges in the break out area which is a nice touch.  

When I am out with a team I always buy team fruit and team chocolate...especially if I need them to work hard/work long hours...the team normally eat the chocolate and I the fruit!

I have never really worked in retail but I am not sure how snacking on fruit would work as you are in the public eye!  Having said that I second the idea about snacking regularly rather than full, sit-down lunches, especially if your hours are unpredictable/lack routine.  

The only thing predictable about my hours is that they are long and havig  a box of trail mix and water with me at all times can make all the difference.  In addition to trail mix I would also recommend smoothies ...you can add all sorts of goodies to these and drink as you go!  

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As for non-food-related work stress I can't really add to what your fellow As have said except for this -  be sure to get enough sleep!  Sleep deprivation is the number one stressor for me and it will make me very irritable (even more than being hungry!) and makes my immune system vulnerable to cold/flue like infections...
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Darko2300
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

I've just ordered a food dehydrator, so hopefully I can make fun snacks with that.  (Bars, fruit, veggies, ect.)  Zucchini chips anyone?

I won't get off work some days till 9:30, so I figure I'll have a good breakfast every morning, and then snack on small stuff until 4:00 when I'll have dinner.  Perhaps 1/2 of an avacado or something around 6:00 - should keep me pretty well.  Also, this way I'm not forced to try and eat when I get home.  I can't sleep at all with food in my stomach - blech.
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I made zuchini chips once, but I cut them way too thin, and they came out almost like paper. Me no likey.


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try fruit leather, too!! great treat....


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I work as a nurse and it can be very difficult to find time to have breaks even to go to the bathroom. This I find ironic because we're looking out for others health and the schedule they put us on makes it hard for us to take care of ourselves.

I have a great water bottle (3 C insulated -from Fred Meyer for $10)  that I take with me everywhere I go so a lot of my breaks consist of going off to tinkle. I like to dissipate stress by walking. I talk out loud to myself at times to clarify things.

Anytime I can organize something or clarify an expectation this helps to lower the stress load.

Having good communication with our coworkers really helps and I try to do what I can to keep that open. When we do pill line (give out medications) we listen to music and joke around to help keep things lighter.

I also alternate nostril breathe and give myself foot rubs. A nice cup of tea helps melt some stress. Oh! and take a B-complex vitamin & Vit C to ward off stress-related illness (especially being in contact with the public)


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Alia Vo
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Quoted from Darko2300
Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

I've just ordered a food dehydrator, so hopefully I can make fun snacks with that.  (Bars, fruit, veggies, ect.)  Zucchini chips anyone?


You can make taro, carrot, parsnip, turnip chips--they are good substitutes for the common potato chip that are avoids for A secretors.

Blood type A's have endless choices for fruit options.

Alia


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I really support the idea of having little bags of snacks (maybe carrots, raisins, almonds, peanuts, pine nuts or any other good A-foods) to eat throughout the day.  I am having sort of the same problem, but it doesn't really have to do with time -- it's just that at school, it is hard to find OK things to eat.  Before I started this diet, I would have a salad with Garbonzos, Kidney Beans, eggs, and veggies, and watermellon and a roll, but now I'm stopping both the beans and the roll.  So, a lot of the substance and protein of the meal is gone.  So, I guess I will be making bags of nuts and Ezekiel bread.
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