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April 19, 2015

Stress Busters

Stress is a part of life and work. Looming deadlines, limited resources, conflicts between team members, worry, and many other factors affect stress levels. Since too much stress or the wrong kind of stress negatively impacts productivity and health, it is important to find ways of handling and releasing stress throughout the day in order to stay healthy, focused, and positively productive! shutterstock_92470498

Here are some quick stress busters:

  • Take a mental time out. We often feel stress when we ruminate about something. Just like a cow chewing its cud, we chew and chew on the stressor, making it worse. When you find yourself doing this, stop! Take a few deep breaths and refuse to think about the situation for a while. Get busy and focus on something else.
  • Gain perspective. If you are too close to the situation that is stressing you, you can’t see it objectively. This prevents you from identifying what actions you might take to rectify or mitigate it. Stress often arises when we don’t feel in control; objectively evaluating the situation, possible outcomes, and actions that can be taken will give you perspective and help you feel more in control.
  • Get help. Some situations are easier to handle with help. Talk to someone you trust or seek help from a professional. Getting additional points of view or gaining insight from an expert may relieve some of the stress you feel.

Stress can be dangerous if you don’t learn to manage it. See my blog posts Finding Time for Yourself and Distress or Eustress? for more information.

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