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Volume 1, Issue 30

Build an Anti-Stress Arsenal

Managers may not always have control over the demands of their job, but they do have control over themselves and their immediate surroundings.

Kelly Gurnett, blogger at Brazen Careerist, recently offered some advice to combat work stress. She suggests having a few basic tools on hand:

  • Happiness-inducing pictures. They will "lift your spirits and can help you hang in there by reminding you [that] you have a much pleasanter life outside of work," Gurnett writes.
  • Quality tunes. If you can wear headphones at work, "music makes the time pass faster and can be a huge mood booster," Gurnett notes.
  • Indulgent drinks. Sipping a comfort beverage in the midst of a hectic day—such as soothing green tea or rich hot chocolate—can calm your nerves and reinvigorate you.
  • Stretching. "Take a pause every now and then to release some of that pent-up stress," Gurnett writes.
  • Deep breathing exercises. They're "one of the oldest tricks in the book because [they] work," Gurnett adds.
  • Moving. "Psychically stepping away from your desk can help clear your head and reset your composure," Gurnett notes.

She also suggests managers follow this basic checklist, whether stressed or not:

  • Organization. A messy desk not only makes it harder to keep track of tasks and find items, it can also make you feel more stressed than a neat desk. Use inboxes, folders and trays to keep the piles on your desk in order, writes Gurnett.
  • Light. A dimly-lit workspace can make you feel groggy and create eye strain. Gurnett writes that soft, indirect lighting is best.
  • Comfort. Poor posture and repetitive movements at a desk can lead to back pain and tension headaches. Gurnett recommends trying out some ergonomic products, including keyboards, mouse pads, footrests and chair cushions.
  • Fuel. Don't rely on caffeine and candy to make it through the day. Stock up on "healthy, energy-packed snacks" and drink plenty of "noncarbonated, non-sugary fluids" throughout the day.

This article is from the Feb. 6, 2012 issue.

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