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How Do I Manage Work Stress?

Sometimes I find work to be very stressful and find myself getting upset and frustrated.  Do you have any advice on how to manage work stress?

When you become frustrated, angry, or upset, you are exhibiting an innate Fight or Flight Response.  The response was designed to protect you from bodily harm, but concentration is difficult when you are stuck in this survival mode.  Regain a focused, relaxed, positive attitude in three easy steps:

  1. Acknowledge that you are in survival mode. When you become conscious of the state you are in, you have an easier time getting out of it.
  2. Actively elicit a relaxation response. Use exercise, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or yoga to calm yourself.
  3. Find a new perspective. Think about your best outcome, action steps, or helpful qualities to diffuse the situation.


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