Managing Stress Can Lower Blood Pressure
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He offers eight tips for managing workplace worry that can be
found at Harvard ManageMentor, an online product of Harvard Business School
Learn to distinguish between positive stress and toxic worry.
Positive stress can give you the energy you need to get the job done. Toxic
worry only drags you down, making it hard to achieve even small tasks.
Do a reality check. Find out if your worry has any basis in fact.
Toxic worry can distort the real situation. Check to make sure things are
really as bad as they seem. Even when there is an actual problem, it may be
easier to solve than you think.
Talk with friends or colleagues you trust. They can help you see
things differently. Connect with those you know will reassure you, not those
who might exaggerate your concerns.
Take positive action to correct the problem. Don't be a victim of
worry and stress. Brooding about the problem gets you nowhere. Fix the problem
if you can! If not, then make the problem more manageable by making small
Get help from the right sources -- people who have the information you
need. Often you don't have the information or tools necessary to attack a
problem. Instead of worrying, take control by getting the help you need. Find
out who the authority is and where you should look for answers.
Take care of your body. Exercise daily, eat healthy foods, and get
enough sleep. Worry and stress put a heavy strain on your body. Taking good
care of yourself physically not only reduces the level of tension your body is
coping with, but it gives you more energy to deal with the problem itself!
Relax whenever and wherever you can. Practice relaxation techniques
whenever you start to feel the first signs of tension, worry, or stress. While
quick exercises that you can do almost anywhere are helpful, find the time and
space for longer, more meditative relaxation -- these exercises are more
beneficial in the long run.
Let worries go. If there's nothing you can do about a problem (or
nothing more, if you already worked on it) -- if it's simply out of your
control --then you have to let the worry go. Blow it away, and start a new
project, read a different book, walk another path.