Surviving the Stresses of the Working Day

Feel Stressed Out?

Stop Denying.Listen to the wisdom of your body. Begin to freely admit the stresses and pressures which have manifested physically, mentally, or emotionally.

The Temptation:Go for the burn. Work until physical pain stops you.

Avoid Isolation.Don't do everything alone! Develop or renew intimacies with friends and loved ones. Closeness not only brings new insights, but also is anathema to agitation and depression.

The Temptation:Put a "DO NOT DISTURB" sign up across the entrance to your cubicle so people won't bother you. They're just trying to hamper your productivity.

Change Your Circumstances.If your job, your relationships, a situation, or a person is dragging you under, try to alter your circumstances, or if necessary, leave.

The Temptation:If you feel something is dragging you down, suppress these thoughts. This is a weakness.

Diminish Intensity in Your Life.Pinpoint those areas or aspects which summon up the most concentrated intensity and work toward alleviating that pressure.

The Temptation:Increase intensity. Maximum intensity = maximum productivity. If you find yourself relaxed and with your mind wandering, you are probably having a detrimental effect on the stock price.

Stop Overnurturing.If you take on other people's problems and responsibilities, learn to gracefully disengage. Try to get some nurturing for yourself.

The Temptation:Always attempt to do everything. You ARE responsible for it all. Perhaps you haven't read your job description thoroughly enough.

Learn to Say "NO".You'll help diminish intensity by speaking up for yourself. This means refusing additional requests or demands on your time or emotions.

The Temptation:Never say no to anything. It shows weakness, and lowers the stock price. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do at midnight.

Begin to Back Off and Detach.Learn to delegate, not only at work, but also at home and with friends. In this case, detachment means rescuing yourself for yourself.

The Temptation:Delegating is a sign of weakness. [See STOP OVERNURTURING.]

Reassess Your Values.Try to sort out the meaningful values from the temporary and fleeting, the essential from the nonessential. You'll conserve energy and time, and begin to feel more centered.

The Temptation:Stop thinking about your own problems. This is selfish. If your values change, itwill make be announced at the next meeting. Until then, if someone calls you and questions your priorities, tell them that you are unable to comment on this and give them the number of Corporate Marketing.

Learn to Pace Yourself.Try to take life in moderation. You only have so much energy available. Ascertain what is wanted and needed in your life, then begin to balance work with love, pleasure, and relaxation.

The Temptation:A balanced life is a myth perpetuated by the Apple Marketing Team. Don't be a fool: the only thing that matters is work.

Take Care of Your Body.Don't skip meals, abuse yourself with rigid diets, disregard your need for sleep, or break doctor appointments. Take care of yourself nutritionally.

The Temptation:Your body serves your mind, your mind serves the company. Push the mind and the body will follow.

Diminish Worry and Anxiety.Try to keep superstitious worrying to a minimum - it changes nothing. You'll have a better grip on your situation if you spend less time worrying and more time taking care of your real needs.

The Temptation:If you're not worrying about work, you must not be very committed to it. Maybe they would find someone who is.

Keep Your Sense of Humour.Begin to bring joy and happy moments into your life. Very few people suffer burnout when they're having fun.

The Temptation:This is work, it isn't supposed to be fun.

For a healthy dose of keeping it in perspective: The Dilbert Zone
It wouldn't be so funny, if it wasn't so true!