Anyone else dealing with stress issues?
Posted about it here a couple of times before - I've been fighting stress issues & symptoms for a couple of years now. Have always had problems with shredding stress, but it has gotten worse in recent years. Used to be able to take a week off, de-stress, and be okay for a few months. Now taking a week off works for about the next week and then I'm right back where I was before.
So I've spoken with my boss and worked out a plan wherein I'm taking a half-step down/sideways in the organization to distance myself more from those things which create the most stress for me (dealing with difficult personnel matters) and doing more analytical work - which is certainly my natural place to be.
At the same time, I've also requested to reduce my assignment to 90%. This will be implemented in the form of working 5 days one week and 4 days the next. So every other weekend will be a 3-day weekend. As time has passed, I've found that long stretches of 5-day work weeks have started beating me down.
This will have a hit on my income to the tune of a $15K/yr decrease. But as I have now finished supporting 16 years of college education for my 4 oldest (in 3 years it will start again, but at least only one in at a time), the net disposable income in '08 will be higher than it was in '06. So I don't consider the decrease to be an issue at all.
If I stay at this level, which I expect I will, it will reduce my annual retirement income from my pension by about $7K/yr. Don't like that. But I have to make it to retirement to collect it and I just might not make it there at the current pace.
I also plan to use more vacation in '08. I've been saving and banking it for years - to the point of where I now have 50 days of paid vacation accrued. Time to use start using more of it. Plan is to use 2 more weeks than I have typically averaged using.
Once you work through all of the math (including losing 10% of my annual vacation, etc.), the net is that I will be off of work an additional 33 days in '08 than my typical year.
On top of that is a bonus from my church. We share a building with another congregation and this year is our year to start at 9AM instead of 11.
So instead of coming into say the 4th weekend of a month after having worked 5 days a week every week, being so tired on Saturday that it's hard to be excited about taking a ride and then not having time until 3PM on Sunday to ride - the scenario will now be:
- Just had a day off 2 weeks before.
- Coming off of a 4-day work week and so less tired on Friday than I used to be on Saturday.
- Having all day Friday & Saturday, plus after noon on Sunday.
- This repeats every two weeks
With the cherry on top of the whipped cream being taking off 7 full weeks of vacation spread over the year.
I can hardly wait for the weather to improve. I hope to ride much more in '08, get into other hobbies more, read more, spend more time with family.