how do u deal with stresses in your life while on the job

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by williams lcm, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. williams lcm

    williams lcm LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We all get stresses outside of work but still have to continue with your daily operations. Like divorce, death of a loved one or family dog or break up with longtime girlfriend. Last year had to deal with the death of a dog. Now my longtime girlfriend broke up with me. I am having a hard time mowing and trying to stay focused with this. I really can care less about mowing when I am bummed out. How do you guys deal with these issues while still dealing with the day to day operations? Thanks
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  2. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama LawnSite Fanatic
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    Just keep on mowing, and try to stay focused so you don't get hurt. I went through the big D little over 2 years ago when I was still building my business, it was hard.

    Pray to God, talk to friends, and have a Beer.

    Positively DO NOT let your personal like affect the quality of your work, if any thing go the extra mile for your customers.
  3. LawnGuy110

    LawnGuy110 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Target shooting is a dantastic stress reliver
  4. buttaluv

    buttaluv LawnSite Senior Member
    from MidWest
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    Spend time with friends and family, I know you can't see it now, but everything happens for a reason... Keep your head up!
  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love what I do so much that it is like getting paid to for indulging in a hobby. Whatever is bothering me, especially my extremely dysfunctional family, is put on the back burner. Watching weeds die, the grass green up, laying the perfect cross mowed stripe on a lawn and getting paid very well to do it puts things in perspective. I am not getting paid to watch people drink themselves to death or manage every little situation for an adult.
  6. aaronmg

    aaronmg LawnSite Senior Member
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    As kidmows states target practice is good...bow hunting is better...It's a great release for me. pun intended..,.
  7. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
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    This is generally me and how I think! I love what I do so much I still laugh sometimes at what people are willing to do what I love.

    There are days when it just stinks. For example certain days this year with the growth I have put on in the business I just feel stressed to my ends. How I deal with it is generally calling someone else in the industry and seeking for solutions but generally just venting to them relieves the pressure. I try to limit shop talk with my wife, my employees generally do not need to know all the details so I am fortunate to have developed a decent amount of friends /network buddies in the industry to "vent" too at time when it is needed.

    Just this week I called Rob off of LS here to just freaking scream about how bad my truck stunk as well as the straps on the back pack blowers from all the different people sweating on them and the different body chemistry colliding on these pieces of equipment. There was stress behind that from the work load we currently have...but what was setting me off was the damn stink of those objects.....and Rob was a good friend and just set there and listened to me carry on for several minutes about it. After that I felt great for awhile! It was just a matter of venting.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I take a pill every day. Most of my stress is caused by the ineptitude of others. I went around and around with my local Dixie dealer over my need for a specific hose and their insistence that I wanted a valve instead. What part of "I want the hose" don't they understand. It just needs a freakin hose. I got the hose and all is fine now.
  9. Bagit

    Bagit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I take it out on my backyard. Yep, I scalp it with my POS, dull-bladed Craftsman rider w/beer in holder.
  10. Tom-N-Texas

    Tom-N-Texas LawnSite Senior Member
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    No great insights on how to deal with stress on the job but last year we lost a dog too and it was just heartbreaking. We had a black lab that was only 6 years old -- just loved dearly by our whole family -- the kids just adored her. Anyway she, out of nowhere just started throwing up her food....or much of it anyway. She just couldn't keep much down. We took her to specialist after specialist and without cutting her open and doing dangerous (and expensive) exploratory surgery there was nothing (else) they could do. Her blood was fine and nothing showed up on the stomach scope. So we just watched her slowly wither away, hoping and praying that she'd somehow make a turnaround. We changed her diet to an all raw/anti-cancer diet. I even got her to drink some of my green juice that I make every morning. But Each day while working I'd call my wife to see how she was doing. Absolutely agonizing. I know it's better a dog than a person but it was several months of worry and heartache. She finally died....never did find out what was wrong with her.
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