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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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