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Combat Job Stress

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To register for stress management programs and services, contact Rana Chudnofsky at 617.643.6068 or

Try some of the following ways to cope with job stress:

  • Start off your day with breakfast.
  • Occasionally change your routine by meeting a friend or co-worker for breakfast. Allow time to relax and enjoy it.
  • Instead of drinking coffee all day -- drink fruit juice.
  • Find some time during the day to meditate or listen to a relaxation tape.
  • Organize your work priorities.
  • Don't try to be perfect. Don't feel like you have to do everything.
  • Avoid doing 2 or 3 or more things at a time.
  • If possible, reduce the noise level in your environment.
  • Speak up about petty annoyances while respecting others' feelings.
  • Develop a co-worker support network.
  • Don't take your job home with you or on breaks.
  • Always take a lunch break (preferably not at your desk).
  • Optimize your health with good nutrition, sleep and rest.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Develop with co-workers your own brand of happy hour, parties, birthday celebrations and other events that act as a break in the work routine.
  • Look at unavoidable stress as an avenue for growth and change.
  • Avoid people who are "stress carriers".
  • Avoid people who are "negaholics".
  • Don't watch the 11 pm news.
  • Give yourself praise strokes.
  • Develop interests outside your job through family, friends, and volunteer activities.
  • Cultivate hobbies, and take special weekends and vacations. Treat yourself to "new and good things".
  • Be assertive. Learn to express your needs and differences, to make requests, and to say "no" constructively.
  • Seek out emotional resources available to you that are close at hand -- coworkers, spouse, friends and family.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help.
  • Allow extra time to get to appointments.
  • Take deep breaths when you feel stressed.
  • Try to find something funny in difficult situations.
  • Find ways to protect yourself ... take a "mental health day".

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This article was provided by Mind/Body Medical Institute.
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