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12 Ways To Eliminate Stress At Work

Maintaining focus, managing stress, and achieving work-life balance are constant challenges for modern professionals. Sharon Melnick, a business psychologist and author of "Success Under Stress," offers strategies based on a decade of Harvard research and experience with over 6,000 clients to alleviate work-related stress and enhance productivity.

An employee who is stressed at work.
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.

1. Act Rather Than React: Control what you can and let go of what you can't.

2. Take A Deep Breath: Practice deep breathing to restore balance and clarity.

3. Eliminate Interruptions: Set criteria for responding to interruptions and train others to respect focused work time.

4. Schedule Your Day For Energy And Focus: Break your day into focused work periods followed by brief recovery breaks.

5. Eat Right And Sleep Well: Consume a low-sugar, high-protein diet and prioritize sufficient sleep for overall well-being.

6. Change Your Story: Adopt a more objective perspective on stressful situations to reduce emotional reactions.

7. Cool Down Quickly: Use a "cooling breath" technique to pause and regulate your response to frustration or anger.

8. Identify Self-Imposed Stress: Build self-confidence instead of seeking others' approval to reduce self-imposed stress.

9. Prioritize Your Priorities: Focus on projects aligned with your goals and the company's strategic priorities.

10. Reset The Panic Button: Apply acupressure by pressing your thumb against the side of your middle finger to reduce anxiety.

11. Influence Others: Address problematic behaviors in coworkers or employees respectfully, explaining the impact and requesting a change.

12. Be Your Own Best Critic: Replace internal negativity with encouraging thoughts to boost motivation and self-esteem.

By adopting these strategies, professionals can regain control over their work environment, reduce stress, enhance focus, and achieve a healthier work-life balance. Check out the full article by Jenna Goudreau.

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