Monday, August 15, 2011

Tips for reducing stress in the workplace

I've been saying for some time now that either you're stressed because you have a job, or because you don't.  I might add, given the recent financial craziness you might be stressed because either you have money in the markets or you don't...  
I'm sharing a helpful article that was originally posted in the St. Petersburg Times in today's StarTribune, "Work got you down? These tips might help".
  • Look for at least two things that make you happy on your way to work each day.
  • When you're stressed, take a moment and breathe deeply. Then let your breath out slowly. You'll feel yourself calm down.
  • Avoid the office gossips and people who complain all the time. They'll only bring you down.
  • Make a list of all the things you like about your job. Things might seem negative now, but there are bound to be aspects of your work that give you pleasure and a sense of purpose.
  • List how your job benefits you. Income, training, ability to be with other people.
  • Get away from your desk or work area at least twice a day. Take a short walk around the area. It's good exercise and gets your mind off the things that are pulling you down.
  • Take baby steps as you attack your workload and set realistic goals. You'll feel better about your job and yourself when you complete what you can. Then forget about work until the next day.
  • To the extent you can, make your work area someplace you enjoy. Use colors you like, pictures and reminders of happy times.
  • Percolate the perks. Take advantage of training, networking opportunities and recognition programs that are available to you. Sharpen your skills, add new abilities and stay in a positive frame of mind.

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