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Coping With Stress At Work

Today, as society moves at a much faster pace, employees and even employers find that they are often under pressure due to stressful work conditions and undesirable environment in and out of their workplaces. Here are some useful suggestions by the Health Education Authority in the UK to cope with, and finally to break the stress we face at work.

  • Talk it out. Share it with someone else. Others will welcome your trust.
  • Write it out. It is easier to see a problem in perspective when it is put on paper.
  • Shrug it off. Raise your shoulders then drop them. Relax your body.
  • Breathe it away. Inhale deeply and exhale heavily a few times. Calm your thoughts.
  • Sort it out. List practical options, weigh them up, make a decision, then act.
  • Delay it. Put a side 15 minutes a day for a worry session; leave it until then.
  • Work it off. Do something physical. Clear your head, divert your energy.
  • Reverse it. Consider taking an opposite approach, explore alternatives.
  • Laugh it off. Lighten it with humor. Be generous with smiles.
  • Distance it. Imagine a few years from now. How much will it matter then?
  • Balance it. Consider the good consequences and feel glad about them.
  • Cancel it. Think positively, don't let the negative pull you down.
  • Exaggerate it. Picture the worst that could really happen. Is it likely?
  • Win through it. Imagine yourself being successful and feel good about it.
  • Hold it. Say 'Stop', pause and think. Now take a fresh look.
  • Escape it. Notice something enjoyable around you. Get into the present.

However, following some of these measures does not necessarily mean that you can run away from stress or problem at work. You are likely to be digging yourself even deeper into the mire if you deal with it using the negative ways such as the following.

1. Denial
A refusal to admit that anything is wrong in the hope that it will go away. Often it does not; in fact it will probably get worse.

2. Escapism
Moving from one situation to another - a new job, a new marriage - in an attempt to make a 'fresh start' and leave problems behind. But a it's the way you habitually behave that is usually the problem, you troubles travel with you.

3. Avoidance
Arranging your life so that you avoid stressful situations - or indeed, any kind of challenge that might be uncomfortable in the short run. As you're always canceling appointments, it puts a strain on your personal and business relationships.

4. Projection
You blame everyone but yourself for whatever goes wrong. It's your partner's fault the car is out of petrol even though you drove it last.

5. Displacement
Feelings of aggression and frustration are dumped on other people (usually those who know you and love you best) and things instead of the source of trouble can be disastrous.

6. Rationalization
You explain away your conduct with any number of plausible reasons - except the real ones.

7. Nostalgia
Things were better in the past. You avoid present stresses by contemplating past happiness and success.

8. Regression
When stress is very severe, people may escape by reverting to childhood behavior. They were dependent on others then to protect them and order their life.

9. Repression
Sometimes we bury past traumas in our unconscious and forget they ever happened. But the weight of them is still with us, and they can surface as nightmares, depression, phobias and obsessions.




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