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"(We are) at a time when companies lose an estimated $200 billion annually in absenteeism, subpar performance, tardiness, and workers' compensation claims related to stress…'If businesses were clever, what they would do is simply put time aside [and have] a quiet room for people to carry out a meditative behavior of their choice,' says Herbert Benson, M.D."Business Week
August 30, 2004
COMBAT JOB STRESS
Try some of the following ways to cope with job stress:

Start off your day with breakfast.
Occasionally change your routine by meeting a friend or co-worker for breakfast. Allow time to relax and enjoy it.
Instead of drinking coffee all day - drink fruit juice.
Find some time during the day to meditate or listen to a relaxation tape.
Organize your work priorities.
Don't try to be perfect. Don't feel like you have to do everything.
Avoid doing 2 or 3 or more things at a time.
If possible, reduce the noise level in your environment.
Speak up about petty annoyances while respecting other's feelings.
Develop a co-worker support network.
Don't take your job home with you or on breaks.
Always take a lunch break (preferably not at your desk).
Optimize your health with good nutrition, sleep and rest.
Get regular exercise.
Develop with co-workers your own brand of happy hour, parties, birthday celebrations and other events that act as a break in the work routine.
Look at unavoidable stress as an avenue for growth and change.
Avoid people who are "stress carriers".
Avoid people who are "negaholics".
Don't watch the 11 pm news.
Give yourself praise strokes.
Develop interests outside your job through family, friends, and volunteer activities.
Cultivate hobbies, and take special weekends and vacations. Treat yourself to "new and good things".
Be assertive. Learn to express your needs and differences, to make requests, and to say "no" constructively.
Seek out emotional resources available to you that are close at hand - coworkers, spouse, friends and family.
Don't be afraid to ask questions or to ask for help.
Allow extra time to get to appointments.
Take deep breaths when you feel stressed.
Try to find something funny in difficult situations.
Find ways to protect yourself ... take a "mental health day".

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To learn more, contact Marilyn Wilcher at 617.991.0102 x208
or email mwilcher@mbmi.org
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Herbert Benson, MD President,
Mind Body Medical Institute and
Mind Body Medical Institute Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School.