Disclaimer: I see my primary doctor on Feb 5.
I love my new job working for our blood bank. It’s my job to schedule the bloodmobile and get people on the bus to donate. We have goals to meet each month, based on what the hospitals need, and so far I’ve met goal every full month I’ve worked. (Knock on wood!) I’m out in the community, talking to people about the importance of blood donations and signing up new accounts. Two years ago if you had told this introvert where she’d be working she would have laughed her butt off.
Worrying how blood drives will go is starting to stress me out. I’m sitting here now with a heart rate of 89 according to my FitBit. Also, according to my FitBit, my RHR has risen from 63 to 72 since I started the job in August. (I know FitBits et al are not always reliable in this regard.)
I work with an amazing team and I know my supervisor is not going to let me fail. He is supportive and has told me repeatedly how happy he is that he hired me. I am aware that this stress is self-imposed. My husband says I look for things to worry about. When a drive goes well or I land a new business to host a drive I am thrilled, but when the numbers come in for a drive that is flagging I start to obsess.
I exercise regularly and working blood drives means I do a LOT of walking, so I’m not slacking in that area. My sleep has improved since starting this job. I don’t smoke and I have a glass of wine maybe every couple of weeks or so.
Any advice on how to calm my mind, to know that I am doing everything I am supposed to (as my boss tells me all the time when I ask him what I need to work on) so I don’t get into these states? I know prolonged stress, even for someone who is active, can be detrimental in the long run. Sometimes I’m lying in bed, getting ready to fall asleep, when my heart starts racing.
I never thought I was cut out for sales (Blame that on door-to-door Girl Scout cookie sales, when I remember to this day the nasty woman who slammed the door in my nine-year-old face). I have since learned that yes, I can sell if I am passionate about the product (in this case, donating blood). How do those of you who work in sales, where you have monthly goals to meet, deal with that looming pressure? Even the last week of November, when I made goal with six days to spare, I was beginning to fret about December and January.