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MANAGING STRESS



Work-related stress can be cut by up to a quarter by letting out a loud scream, a recent study has claimed. A survey of 1,000 people by the Surrey theme park Thorpe Park showed that stress levels increased in the summer of 2006, partly because of the heatwave and also because of travel delays. Half of the people questioned said that commuting was a major cause of stress, and most people said that being in the office all day made them bad-tempered. But the report said that a 'good old-fashioned scream' could cut stress levels significantly.

 

And here are another top ten tips to help you cope with stress,

  • get up 15 minutes earlier each morning. That gives you a little more time to eat something or enjoy a cup of coffee before heading out the door. If you drive to work, a 15 or 20 minute head start may decrease some of the traffic you face and make the commute less stressful.
  • be prepared for mishaps. Make an extra copy of your house and car keys and keep them in a safe place at work.
  • don't do something if you will have to lie about it afterwards. This may seem obvious, but the nagging guilt we feel often wears us down or makes us anxious about getting caught.
  • do something healthy for yourself. Take the stairs once a day instead of the elevator, have a salad for lunch, or eat fresh fruit instead of a candy bar. This might not have much overall effect on your health, but it will make you feel better about yourself.
  • write things down. All those 'Seven Secrets to Success' books are based on writing things down. Write down your goals, errands, chores and important dates. Keep a 'Have Done' list too. Move things over to that list after having completed them. At the end of the day, review how productive you have been.
  • do something special on a whim. Buy flowers for your partner or sneak a small greeting card into your child's lunch box. Take some cakes to the office for others one morning. Someone else's smile and 'Thanks' can sometimes make a bad day better.
  • be willing to forgive others. Allowing others the right to make a mistake can go a long way toward forgiving yourself for mistakes. Assume that others are doing the best they can.
  • don't eat lunch at your desk. Get away to somewhere quiet or different, if only for 15 minutes.
  • delegate new jobs and say 'no' to avoid additional responsibilities if you have to.
  • get up and stretch periodically at work. Twist from side to side and roll your head around to stretch your neck a bit. If you used to smoke, get up and take a break anyway when you feel the need to smoke. A quick trip to the water cooler won't provide the nicotine a cigarette used to, but it does give you the break and the moment's respite a cigarette did.

 

Top tips adapted from: www.psychpage.com

Language notes.

  • to let (something) out [verb]: to give a cry, shout, scream, etc.
  • Bob let out a big sigh of relief when the investors renewed his contract.
  • The Jones' let out a huge, collective scream when they saw that they'd won the lottery.
  • a head start/s [noun]: an advantage already existing at the beginning of something.
  • Being able to read gave Anna a head start over the other children at kindergarten.
  • The Americans have a head start over us, but I'm sure we can catch up with them.
  • a mishap/s [noun]: a small accident or piece of bad luck.
  • I had a small mishap with the car in the car park - I scratched the door a little.
  • I had a small mishap in the bath and spilt water all over the floor.
  • a nagging something [adjective]: when something complains or criticises continuously
  • I've had a nagging toothache for almost a week - I must go and see the dentist.
  • The nagging problem of where to raise the capital suddenly became a critical issue.
  • to wear (somebody/something) down [phrasal verb]: to become or make something or somebody gradually smaller, thinner, less powerful
  • The tyres on your car are very worn down - you need to buy some new ones.
  • All of this extra work is really wearing me down - I could do with a holiday!
  • to do something on a whim [adverb]: to do something based on a sudden idea or desire, especially an unusual or unreasonable one.
  • I haven't drunk coffee for years, but yesterday on a whim I had one.
  • It seems that the management are moving people from department to department on a whim - I wish they would explain what's going on.
  • some, a little , a moment's respite (from something) [noun]: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant.
  • After a brief respite from the fighting, gun shots were heard again last night.
  • After Christmas I thought there would be some respite for the sales team, but we've already been told to re-double our efforts.

 

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