Dealing with Stress At Work

You can't afford not to get the stress in your life under control, says author Sandra Naiman.

By Jamie Eckle
Mon, April 06, 2009

Computerworld — Sandra Naiman, the author of The High Achiever's Secret Codebook discusses dealing with stress at work.

What's the single best way to reduce stress in the workplace?

Attend to your own physical and emotional well-being. Develop healthy eating and sleeping habits. Get plenty of exercise. Practice relaxation techniques on and off the job.

What else do you suggest?

Don't let things build up. Communicate to colleagues about what bothers you sooner rather than later. Maintain your perspective and sense of humor. When you do feel tension building, which it inevitably will, excuse yourself from the situation and give yourself time to cool down. If you cannot get away, speak softly and slowly, thus cueing your body to relax.

What do you say to someone who says he doesn't have time in today's business climate to employ these practices?

You don't have time not to. Undue stress will take its toll on you, on and off the job. Moreover, it will impact your performance. A stressed-out worker shows signs of it in the quality of work and in how he or she relates to colleagues. Letting stress get the best of you can ultimately undermine your career success.

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