How to Reduce Work-Related Stress

  • Recognize the aggravating aspects of your job.  Stop fighting them.

  • Identify your emotional needs and accept them.  Most executives are competitive, need to be liked, need to vent anger.  They should have outlets for each of these needs.

  • Practice listing.  Listening is more relaxing than talking, and it can help you know what’s really going on in the organization.

  • Be sensitive to change.  Recognize when it’s occurring on the job and figure out what adjustments are necessary.  By consciously recognizing change, you make it manageable.

  • Keep alcohol consumption under control.  Excessive drinking creates the illusion of dealing with stress, while in fact adding to it.

Source: Rosalind Forbes, author of Corporate Stress, Doubleday, Garden City, NY.

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