stress as a trigger
Over the past few days my stress levels have risen as I get ever closer to a work deadline. I only work 2 days a week so you wouldn't think it would affect me but trying to match 27 members of holiday club staff not all of whom work every day to 27 children not all of whom attend everyday has not been the easiest of tasks. Unfortunately my stress levels have had an effect on Ash's behaviour and he has been irritable, confused and unhappy which in turn has raised my stress levels even higher. The odd thing is that it took me a while to realise what the problem was. I thought we were just going backward (which we were in a way) and that we were sinking into the quagmire of a few months ago which meant that all the hard work of the past few months had been for nothing. HOWEVER I'm pleased to say that I've finally recognised that the problem is me and, having finally finished my staffing rotas, it's time to put my feet up and relax a little. Tomorrow is a new day! Take this as a warning though. Don't ever underestimate the influence of second hand stress.