This week is hectic. I was in London yesterday, Bury today and for the next two days I’ll be in Birmingham.
I’m looking forward to a day off on Friday to have my hair cut, potter about, go for a run and cook dinner for my friend Victoria. Even though this is the busiest week I’ve had in a while (a bold statement for multiple-plate-spinner me), I’m enjoying each moment and remembering that this is what I’ve worked for. I really do love what I do, but I still struggle to handle stress. Always have, probably always will!
I definitely used to have the naive belief that if I had a career I was passionate about and enjoyed I wouldn’t get stressed. It doesn’t work like that, in fact I’d argue that you experience more stress when you care about what you do.
A few weeks ago I was texting my dad and in passing said that I wished I was better at handling stress. My dad gave me a piece of very good and simple advice: ‘Just keep practicing handling it.’
In Melbourne stress and pressure barely touched me, and it’s because that year was one big test run. I was just practicing, everything.
So that’s what I’m doing this week: practicing. Having a test run. Not worrying about ‘getting it wrong’, and enjoying all these experiences I get to be a part of.