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Twenty Ways to Stress Less, Achieve More, and Laugh…

  1. Do something that makes you laugh, every day. Watch comedies, listen to a funny radio show, talk to a friend you like to laugh with.Don’t let a day go by without laughing.
  2. Live your professional life by following  the advice: “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” No matter how good you are, resolve to get better.
  3. “Flow” is a powerfully productive state where you do your best work and do it faster than you would otherwise. Make it a goal to get into Flow as often as possible.
  4. Meet more people, make more friends. No matter what you want to achieve, chances are you are going to need someone else’s help, advice, mentoring, support, or business. The more people you know, the easier everything becomes.
  5. If you want to understand a person’s true nature, see how they react when things go wrong. Anyone can do well and be nice and put on a happy face when everything goes right. How do they react when things go wrong? Sure, we all have bad days and bad moments. But if someone always responds to setbacks poorly, that says a lot about their character.
  6. Dream big, but not so big . Your dreams should inspire you and pull you forward, not depress you because you think you’ll never achieve them.
  7. Do you wake up in the morning excited (or at least happy) to get out of bed and go to work? The answer doesn’t always have to be “yes,” but if it’s always “no,” then it’s time for a change.
  8. Stop resisting your inner voice. If you ever feel the urge to do something but hold back because you think, “I could never do that,” or, “that’s stupid,” or, “what would so-and-so say if they saw me do this?” then you are just restricting yourself. Sure, if you want to do something illegal, immoral, or that could get you in a lot of trouble, the holding back is just fine. Otherwise, try new stuff, play, and be content to be looked at like a weirdo.
  9. Let go out of what you can’t control. That means stop obsessing about the past, stop freaking out about the future, and stop worrying about what others might think, do, or say. Yes, you can influence those things, but you can’t control them. So stop stressing and start letting go.
  10. Realize that many of your disagreements will come from unstated expectations. Someone violates a “rule” that you have, even though they had no idea that rule existed. Be a little forgiving and open minded when that happens. .
  11. If you know certain things stress you out, develop stress-coping-strategies to deal with them. This could be meditation, deep breathing, journaling, hitting the heavy bag, working out, etc. Whatever works for you. There’s really no excuse to walk into a stress inducing situation without having a plan for dealing with the stress you know is coming.
  12. “Someday,” may never come. If you are holding off on something, saying you’ll do it “someday,” find a way to do it “today,” instead (or schedule a day so it’s a specific date and not just “someday.”).
  13. Understand the difference between leisure time and recharge time. Leisure is when you shut your mind off completely and do nothing. Recharge is where you do something that…well…recharges you. People often use “leisure” as a way of recharging, but it usually never works. Do you feel energized to do more work after watching TV or surfing the internet? Probably not. Make sure you know the difference and have set up a serious of recharge activities for yourself
  14. Go deeper with your study. Don’t just read the books of personal development people you like. Go read the books they reference. Find the studies they mention. Not only will you increase your depth of understanding, but you’ll also find that some of those books don’t quite understand the source material they’re quoting all that well…
  15. Decide right now if it’s more important for you to be happy or to be right. Once you let go of the need to always be “right,” you’ll find yourself much happier. You don’t always have to be wrong (and if the other person demands that, then you have other problems), but focus more on being happy and you will be.
  16. Find a physical activity you really enjoy doing, that you would do even if it burned zero calories, and staying fit gets a whole lot easier.
  17. Not all relationships need to be continued or pursued. Your time is your most precious commodity, so don’t waste it with people who drain you, block you, bring you down, or prevent you from doing and being all you can and want.
  18. Define your relationships (personal, business, family, etc) by what works for you, not by what everyone else is doing. There’s no “universal right way,” so don’t get stresses if other people have set up a different relationship dynamic than you. Half of those people are not doing all that well anyway.
  19. Need motivation? Reduce the size of the task before you. When you try to tackle too much at once, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And that’s a big de-motivator.
  20. Take time to remind yourself just what exactly you are working so hard for. Don’t be so focused on the task that you forget the big picture. If you can’t some up with the reason why, it may be time to rethink your life.

Workplace Stress Guidelines

This section provides the most up-to-date guidelines / sharings / regulations on Stress Management

  1. What is Workplace Stress?

Recent definitions of work-related stress:

“Job stress can be defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities resources, or needs of the workers. Job stress can lead to poor health and even injury.”

 “The emotional, cognitive, behavioral and physiological reaction to aversive and noxious aspects of work, work environments and work organizations. It is a state characterized by high levels of arousal and distress and often by feelings of not coping.”

“Stress is the reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them.”

2. Workplace stress = negative phenomenon?

Stress is not necessary a negative phenomenon. A moderate level of stress can be an important motivational factor and can be instrumental in achieving a dynamic adaptation to new situations. Only excesses of stress are pathological. Therefore some stress is normal and necessary, at work and outside it. But if stress is intense, continuous or repeated, if a person is unable to cope, or if support is lacking, stress then becomes a negative phenomenon which can lead to physical illness and psychological disorders. In a work context, it often results in inadequate adaptation to situations and people and failure to perform at an optimal level.

3. The effects on health & factors that may lead to stress:

The effects of stress on health:

Unhealthy levels of stress lead to a variety of disorders and illness:

– a broad band of pathological consequences, ranging from chronic fatigue to depression, and including insomnia, anxiety, migraine, emotional upsets, allergies and abuse of tobacco and alcohol.
– In longer term, stress can contribute to hypertension, and as a consequence to the development of heart and cerebrovascular disease, as well as to peptic ulcers, inflammatory bowel

Factors that may lead to stress:

– Occupation
– Age
– Gender
– Disability
– The fact of working and living in harsh socio-economic conditions without social support
– A combination of stress-inducing factors at work and outside the workplace (esp. interaction between work and family life)

4. The Cost of Stress

For the individual:
– Devastating impact of the serious health impairments
– Lost of capacity to cope with working and social situations
– Loss of career opportunities
– Greater strain in family relationships and with friends
– Depression or suicide

For the company or organization:
– Absenteeism
– Higher medical costs
– Higher staff turnover
– Higher cost of recruiting and training new workers
– Reduce productivity and efficiency

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