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Tips for Making ANY Job Less Stressful

Tips for Making ANY Job Less Stressful

Heather Boerner | Monster

Stress is inevitable. But the debilitating strain of chronic work stress is not, even if you’re in an inherently stressful profession.

In fact, learning to manage your stress is likely to improve your career, according to career coach Julie Jansen, the author of “You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying, and Successful Work Life—No Matter Who You Work With.”

“The number one tip I give to people who want to get ahead at work is ‘Manage your stress,’” she says. “People who are stressed act out, and behaving badly can mean that when a promotion comes up, you’ll be passed over.”

Consider these tips for recognizing and managing work stress:

Become mindful

“The most important thing an individual can do is have awareness of both what’s causing the stress and how you’re responding to it,” says Dr. Steven Rolfe, principal of the Boswell Group, a business consultancy in New York City.

Focus on your stress response and pinpoint causes:

• What activities, duties, or people leave you feeling drained?
• What or who causes your neck pain, headaches, or racing heartbeat?
• What tasks or situations do you avoid?
• How do you talk to yourself about your stress? What stories do you tell?

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