Nurses Notes Matthew: 6:33-34. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Even in Biblical times it seems we humans were stressed. Home life, work life, societal distractions like the upcoming election, and holidays right around the corner.  Whew!, it’s enough to make your head spin. A few tips for help managing stress at work.

Stressed at Work? Cool Off!

Feeling stressed at work? There are tons of resources available and strategies to try in order to ease the pressure.  Below are some strategies developed by Sharon Melnick, Ph.D., a Harvard Trained business psychologist, which include 10 years of Harvard research and field-tests of more than 6,000 clients.

First, some fast facts:

The average business professional has 30 to 100 projects on their plate

  • Modern workers are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day
  • Four out of 10 people working at large companies are experiencing a major corporate restructuring, and therefore facing uncertainly about their futures
  • 40% of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day
  1. Act Rather Than React
    Identify areas of any stressful situation that you can control and take responsibility for those. Try to let the rest go.
  2. Take A Deep Breath
    Simply inhale for five seconds, hold and exhale in equal counts through the nose.
  3. Eliminate Interruptions
    Today’s workers are more distracted than ever. While you may not have control over the interrupters, you can control your response.
  • Accept the interruption
  • Cut it off, or
  • Diagnosis its importance and make a plan
  1. Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus
    Most of us go through the day using a “push, push, push” approach, thinking if we work the full eight to 10 hours, we’ll get more done. Instead, productivity goes down, stress levels go up and you have very little energy left over for your family.
  • Scheduling breaks throughout the day to walk, stretch at your desk or do a breathing exercise will help
  1. Eat Right And Sleep Well
  • Poor nutrition habits stress your system (less sugar, get enough protein)
  • Proper sleep is important for rejuvenation (7-8 hours)
  1. Change Your Story
    Your perspective of stressful office events is typically a subjective interpretation of the facts, often seen through the filter of your own self-doubt.
  • Step back and take a more objective view
  • You’ll be more effective and less likely to take things

Wishing you health and learning or remembering some strategies for decreasing the stress.”                                                                 Peace, Lois