We all feel stressed at times, and while some workplace stress is normal and expected, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and impact your physical and emotional health.

You can’t control everything in your work environment, but there is one thing that’s always within your control: you. Your emotions are contagious, and stress will impact your interactions with others. The more you can manage your own stress, the more you’ll positively affect those around you, and the less other people’s stress will negatively affect you.

Tip 1: Recognize Warning Signs

• Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
• Apathy, loss of interest in work
• Problems sleeping
• Fatigue
• Trouble concentrating
• Muscle Tension or headaches
• Stomach problems
• Social withdrawal
• Using alcohol or drugs to cope


Tip 2: Take Care of Yourself

Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever, particularly activity that raises your heart rate. As you are exercising, focus your thoughts on your body and how it feels as you’re exercising. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise in on most days. You can break up the activity into two or three shorter segments if that works better for you.

Talking face to face with a relaxed and balanced listener can help calm your nervous system and relieve stress.

Eating small but frequent meals can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar to keep your energy up , stay focused, and avoid mood swings. When you’re well rested, it’s much easier to keep your emotional balance, a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress.

Tip 3: Prioritize and Organize

Balance your schedule between work and family life, social activities and solitary pursuits, daily responsibilities and downtime. Don’t over-commit yourself, learn to say “no.” Try to leave earlier in the morning, even 10-15 minutes can make a difference to your stress levels. Make sure to take short breaks throughout the day to take a walk or clear your mind. Try to get away from your desk for lunch.

Tip 4: Improve Emotional Intelligence

Five key skills can help raise your “EQ” and manage stress at work:

1. Self-awareness – realize when you’re stressed, and become familiar with techniques that can calm you.

2. Self-management – stay connected to your emotions so you can manage them. If you ignore your feelings, you won’t understand your own motivations or needs.

3. Social awareness – recognize and effectively use nonverbal cues and body language.

4. Relationship management – nothing reduces stress quicker in the workplace than mutually shared humor. Also try to resolve conflicts in a healthy, constructive way.

Tip 5: Break Bad Habits

Resist perfectionism, nothing is ever perfect and trying to attain perfection on everything will add unnecessary stress to your day. Just aim to do your best, no one can ask for more than that. Clean up that clutter – knowing where everything is saves time and cuts stress. Make to-do lists and cross items off as you accomplish them, you’ll feel less overwhelmed. Try to think positively about your work, avoid negative-thinking co-workers, and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments. Finally, don’t try to control the uncontrollable, particularly the behavior of other people. Focus on the things you can control, such as the way you choose to react to problems.




What percentage of America’s strawberries are grown in California?
A. 65%
B. 75%
C. 85%

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