How to Manage Your Daily Stressors
Avoiding stress buildup is essential when you work in a funeral home. As a funeral director your day is consumed with caring for the needs of others, which is stressful—especially dealing with their emotions. It only takes a few minutes to combat stress and rejuvenate. So here are a few stress fixes that won’t take up a lot of your time, but will help you manage your daily stressors.
Take a Vacation
You can't take a real vacation in five minutes, of course, but get somewhere that you can be alone. Relax and close your eyes, imagining yourself on a beautiful private island. Feel the sun shining on your face, the ocean breezes rustling through your hair, smell the clear crisp air, and taste the delicious tropical drink in your hands. Taking a few minutes to escape and creating a solitary space helps you maintain peacefulness and you can use it anytime you are overwhelmed by the needs of others.
Tickle Your Funny Bone
Laughing is a known way to lift your spirits. It triggers the release of endorphins which make you feel good almost instantly. Whether you can find anything funny or not, just the act of genuinely laughing will put you back in a good mood and decrease any stress you might be feeling. Laughing is contagious and you might just help lift the spirits of someone else that may be feeling stressed. If you can get alone it may be easier, but if not laugh right where you are, but not in front of a grieving family of course!
Pen Your Woes
Writing in a journal is very cathartic and a good way to release stress. You can do this in two ways. You can either take the time to get anything off your chest that might be bothering you or you can write about all the good things that happened to you during your day. Doing the latter will keep your mind on the positive and you can always go back and read them to remember what’s good about your life. Those good feelings are a great way to get rid of stress and help you stay positive.
When stress hits you, use these tips to take some time and regain your composure. You’ll feel better and have better interactions with everyone that calls upon your funeral home for assistance.