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The National Sleep Council
report showed 36 Million Americans report sleep problems. This is
often due to job stress, increased workload, and competition.
These rest-related problems cost American business $18 billion annually due
to lack of productivity.
Rather than give
a single tip on stress reduction, below are some "how to" article links to
help with particular stress areas at work:
If stress at work
seems to be the problem, check out the
blog posts on
stress by Elaine Siciliano Morris. Or to review a single
post with activities to promote stress management, go to the post titled
Moving stress and frustrations into a positive attitude to figure out
what the work-related stressors might be.
Often a work or
project team can be feeling stress too. This may be reflected in short
tempers and open conflict at team meetings. When this happens, it may
be important to take a little time-out from the work meeting to do team
stress reduction or just insert some humor into the seriousness of the
8-10 minute ideas
for humor or fun include having each team member quickly:
Tell their favorite "clean" joke
Share something funny or strange that happened
to them over the past week (or month)
State something positive that happened to them
in the last 3 days
Or instead of
doing the individual items, focus on doing a relaxation technique as a
Take 3 deep breaths, count to 10 then continue
Get up and move around the room
Do a simple 2 minute physical exercise - either
standing or sitting
Leave the meeting room and walk for 5 minutes
away and then walk back for 5 minutes
Lack of time to get
everything done is often a stressor, so consider ideas in
How to Use Your Computer to Save Time article. If spending a lot
of time on the world wide web, also take a look at
How to Better Manage the Time You Spend on the Web.
If getting stressed out
over how to do something new on the computer, check out the Microsoft Office
"how to" articles at
http://www.shirleyfinelee/Articles_EhowOffice.htm. Even if the
articles are on a different version of the software than what the
organization has, they will provide an idea of a potential search term to
use in order to find out how to search for that function in the
application's help documentation.
"Stress is the trash of modern life - we all generate it but
if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your
life." - Danzae Pace
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