Most days, I love my job and I am happy to go to work and stay my shift. However, today was a pretty awful day. I’m not sure if the stormy weather had anything to do with it, but every single dog whose nails I tried to clip today fought me all the way through.
That was hard, but to top it off, I had to re-wash and dry a husky after it pooped all over its kennel after I had already bathed it. It was pretty gross. Jaiden (a coworker) and I went into the back where the kennels are wearing bandanas to cover our noses from the stench. That was pretty funny, though!
We had some pretty upset pet parents today as well. Most of them were upset because of how far out we are booked, and they could not get grooming appointments at their convenience. It’s very frustrating when we have to tell pet parents that our schedule is full, but since we are short-staffed, it’s all we can do.
Nevertheless, I was very frustrated when I came home from work. I was able to calm down when I thought of things that I could do to relieve the stress, and I thought I would share them with you all!
1. Taking a walk
The first thing I did when I got home was take a small walk around the neighborhood that I live in. One of my favorite parts of taking walks is looking at the houses around me.
I’m excited for next summer, when we plan to have saved up enough for the down payment on a house. I like to look at what my options are. Sometimes after taking a walk I hop online to Zillow and look at houses for sale in my area. I know that these same houses will probably not be available when I’m in the market, but I still love to look!
2. Laying around with the dog
Coach is always good to talk to and spend time with. He doesn’t judge (or at least not that I can tell). I love the way he puts his mouth around blankets and just holds them. I let him, as long as he doesn’t chew or tear!
3. Talking with Shailyn
One of the most helpful things I can do after a frustrating or stressful day is talking to Shailyn. She guides me through how I’m feeling and reassures me that everything will be okay. I know that I’ll always do the same for her, and we make sure to support each other in that way.
I love to express myself through artwork. I may not be amazing at it, but I love to paint. Here’s one of my favorite painting’s I’ve made!
Also, in case you really like the way the paints look, here are my favorite paints, Twinkleverse Essentials! I love the colors and I love the way the paint covers the canvas.
Kind of on the same topic, I love to color when I’m upset as well. It’s very calming. Here’s my favorite coloring book! Shailyn got this one for me for Christmas the first year we dated.
5. Video Games
Puzzles frustrate some people, but they help me unwind a lot. I love playing games from the Legend of Zelda series (if I’m playing alone), or games that I can play with Shailyn. When I play with Shailyn, we usually play Little Big Planet or Mario Party.
Games are a great way to take your mind off of things that are bothering you. It’s a way to transport you into a different world. Sometimes reading does the trick for me, but sometimes I can’t focus on the words on the page as easily as a screen.
Frustration is often deeply rooted, and because of that, it’s very hard to get rid of. Sometimes, the only thing you can do is distract yourself from the frustration and hope that it passes. Occasionally this isn’t enough, but it certainly can help!
I hope some of you learned skills that you can apply to your own life! Let me know in the comments some of the things you do when you’re stressed!