Monday, December 13, 2010

A Very Short Guide to Reducing Your Stress at Work

In these tough times, which don't promise to ease soon, we're all asked to do more with less. Of course, that increases stress. Here are some antidotes:

Retain perspective: How important is that, really?

You can control only your effort, not the outcome. Do your best and then let it go. How your work is received or what others do with your work is usually beyond your control. If there's nothing you can do about it, simply move on to the next task. If worse comes to worst and, for example, you get fired, it usually means there's something better waiting for you. At least think that way. It'll reduce your stress.

Avoid rushing. What causes stress is not so much working long, it's the fight-or-flight response that comes when you rush. If possible, start early, stay late if necessary, but avoid rushing.

Be nice. If you look for maximum opportunities to be nice to people, you'll feel less stressed and, in turn, people will likely be nicer to you, which will reduce your stress further.


Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Good advice!

I've noticed I'm much more prone to anger when I'm in a rush. Haste doesn't just make waste; it makes HATE.

R J said...

Apparently Arnold Bennett, the British novelist, said: "People do not die of overwork, they die of badly organized work." I think there's a lot of truth to that.


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