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Create a Stress-Resistant Work Day

You may not be able to control every single stressful aspect of your job, but you probably have the power to control your personal work area. Your workspace can [more…]

Create a More Pleasant Workspace for Less Stress

Here are a few ways to take some of the stress out of your workspace. Your employer may not be entirely supportive of all of your stress-reducing efforts. If you share a tiny cubicle with three others, [more…]

Ergonomically Correct Workspaces Reduce Stress

Your desk or workspace can cause stress for other reasons besides disorganization. The problem is, your body wasn’t designed to sit and work in one place for long periods of time. When you sit in a stationary [more…]

Eat Well to Reduce Stress at Work

How and what you eat at work can make a big difference in your stress level. Eating the wrong foods, or even eating the right foods in the wrong amounts or at the wrong times, can make it harder for you [more…]

De-Stress with Company Perks

These days, larger companies and organizations offer a number of services and benefits that can help reduce your stress level. If you’re not aware of such perks, ask around or check with your HR office [more…]

Leave Work Relaxed and Stress-Free

You’ve had a long, long day at work. You’re tired and dragging your tush. The last thing you want to do is take your work stress home with you. Consider these guidelines to make sure you arrive home in [more…]

Be Assertive and Reduce Stress

Are you assertive or non-assertive in your interactions with others? Becoming effectively assertive in your interpersonal relationships can result in much less emotional distress. Whenever you act non-assertively [more…]

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) is an amazing tool that can help you experience life more fully and work through the stresses and anxieties of everyday life, moving beyond these negative feelings [more…]

Revenge Is Sweet, but Forgiveness Is Less Stressful

One way to really reduce your stress level may be to forgive others and yourself. Revenge is a way of holding on to anger and frustration, which can cause chronic stress. [more…]

The Signs and Symptoms of Stress

The signs and symptoms of stress range from the benign to the dramatic — from simply feeling tired at the end of the day to having a heart attack. The more serious stress-related problems come with intense [more…]

What Is Stress?

Defining stress isn’t easy. Professionals who’ve spent most of their lives studying stress still have trouble defining the term. As one stress researcher quipped, “Defining stress is like nailing Jell-O [more…]

The History of Stress

Believe it or not, you have stress in your life for a good reason. To understand why stress can be a useful, adaptive response, you need to take a trip back in time. [more…]

The Signs of Stress

An important part of managing your stress is knowing what your stress looks like. Your stress responses can take different forms: bodily changes, emotional changes, and behavioral changes. Although they [more…]

Manage Your Stress: A Three-Pronged Approach

This three-pronged model of dealing with stress provides you with a useful tool to help you understand the many ways you can manage and control your stress. You have three major choices. [more…]

Monitor Your Stress with a Stress Journal

Certainly, one of the first steps in mastering your stress is knowing just how stressed you are. A stress journal can show you what’s triggering your stress right now and can measure your ongoing stress [more…]

How Stress Affects You Physically

Your emotional distress (in your mind) is converted to physical distress (in your body). Your mind and body are far more interconnected than you might think. Separating the two isn’t easy. When your mind [more…]

Breathe Away Your Tension and Stress

Breathing properly is one of the simplest and best ways to drain your tension and relieve your stress. Simply by changing your breathing patterns, you can rapidly induce a state of greater relaxation. [more…]

How to Breathe Stress Away

Changing the way you breathe can make all the difference in how you feel and can alleviate stress within minutes. Sometimes, all it takes to make you feel better is one simple change. The following exercises [more…]

How to Practice Progressive Relaxation

One of the better relaxation techniques for relieving stress derives from a method called progressive relaxation or deep-muscle relaxation. This method is based on the notion that you’re not aware of what [more…]

Mind Over Body: Autogenic Training for Relaxation

An important approach to bodily relaxation for reducing stress is called autogenic training, or AT for short. The word autogenic means self-generation or self-regulation. This method attempts to regulate [more…]

Stretch Away Your Stress

Stretching is one of the ways your body naturally discharges excess bodily tension. You may notice that you automatically feel the need to stretch after waking up in the morning or just before retiring [more…]

Reduce Stress with a Self-Massage

Massage and other touch and pressure therapies are among the most popular ways of relieving muscle tension. If you can’t or don’t want to get a professional massage or a free massage from a friend, you [more…]

A Quick Warm-Up or Relaxing Soak Reduces Stress

Any concentrated expenditure of energy produces more stress by tensing your muscles, speeding your heart rate, and quickening your breathing. However, after you stop expending energy, you find that your [more…]

Reduce Stress with Thought Stopping

Sometimes an unwanted thought or worry grabs you and won’t let go. Perhaps you have an upsetting worry that continually intrudes into your thinking and keeps you from enjoying a pleasant evening with friends [more…]

Distract Yourself from Stress

Often your thinking turns to worries and fears when you have too much free, unfocused time. This unbridled worry can induce extra stress. You may find something to worry about no matter what’s going on [more…]

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