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Handling Stress on the Job

The American Institute of Stress credits high stress levels with 50 common physiological ailments, including lightheadedness,stress ringing in the ears, skin rashes, nausea, weight gain, and stomach upsets. The institute recommends the following steps to reduce stress on the job anytime things get overwhelming:

  • Breathe — Spend a minute or two to take deep, slow breaths.
  • Walk — Take a short walk before a potentially stressful meeting or encounter. It will reduce your nervous energy and give you time to collect your thoughts.
  • Tense and Relax — Tense and then relax your different muscles, beginning with your head and neck muscles.
  • Be Positive — Don’t let fears take over.
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