Last night in my Organizational Behavior class we learned about stress. Even though it was in the context of the workplace, it certainly got me thinking. We learned that Type A personalities are at the highest risk of physical consequences such as high blood pressure and heart disease. “If you want to figure out if you’re Type A or Type B I think there’s a test in the back of the textbook” said my teacher. I don’t really need a test, I’m well aware of what camp I fall into.
As it turns out I have been trying to control my stressors lately. The little ones. You know those tiny things in your day that just make you anxious or uncomfortable. One of those things for me is my temperature. I’m always freezing, so with the cold weather officially here it’s a daily problem for me. No amount of sweaters, tights, wool socks or scarves seems to do it. Before I leave for class every day I make a thermos of tea. It’s enough for three cups of tea and in a three hour class that’s a pretty good ratio and I stay warm.
Another stressor for me is transit. When I started going to school my commute time was about 40 minutes. Now there’s a bunch of construction on my campus and all these road closures and the bus literally sits in traffic not being able to get into the school. It takes over an hour now. However I’ve found that in the mornings if I can leave 15 minutes earlier then I can avoid some of the traffic and it gets me to school quite a bit earlier. I get to use the extra time for studying (and enjoying tea!)
So I’ve switched my alarm to a duck noise.
I don’t know why but the duck noise is so much more pleasing than a regular alarm noise. It’s set 15 minutes earlier and although it’s been tough getting out of bed, I know I’ll get used to it. It’s well worth it!
What little differences could you make in your day for it go smoother?