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Fight caregiver stress and prevent burnout by taking time to take care of yourself.
Conflicts are a natural and inevitable part of workplace relationships. To reach resolution, consider these tips: 1. Think about what you want to say in advance. 2. Use "I" statements. For instance, say, "I disagree," rather than, "You're wrong." 3. Keep emotions in check as much as possible.
Are you stressed? Use these techniques to shift the odds in your favor: 1. Stick with your routine. When you're faced with challenges, take comfort in good-for-you rituals, such as regular physical activity. 2. Don't skimp on sleep. 3. Practice relaxation techniques, such as visualization or meditation.
To alleviate a stressful situation, put your problem-solving skills to use: 1. Identify what's causing your stress in specific terms. 2. Brainstorm potential ways you might solve your problem. 3. Choose the option that feels the most realistic and satisfying. 5. Implement your solution. 6. Reflect on the outcome and whether your solution worked.
Is your plate piled too high with deadlines and obligations? Are you trying to cram too many activities into too little time? If so, you may find stress relief by learning how to say no to others and yes to yourself. Don't make up reasons to get out of an obligation. The truth is always the best way to turn down a friend, family member or co-worker. But let them down gently. Compliment the person's or group's effort while saying that you're unable to commit at this time. It will soften the blow and keep you in good graces.
Adapting, or changing your standards or expectations, is one of the best ways to deal with stress. To work on adapting, adjust your expectations. For example, instead of feeling frustrated that you're home with a sick child, try to see it as an opportunity to relax and bond. Create a saying such as, "I can handle this," and mentally repeat it on tough days. And remember the big picture. Ask yourself if this will matter in a year or five years.
Humor can help reduce stress by providing a positive way of looking at problems. Humor can also help you perceive what's ridiculous or absurd in a situation. To promote humor in your life, follow these steps: 1. Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to laugh, even during tough times. 2. Surround yourself with humor. Try hanging cartoons in your workstation. 3. Seek out humor. Look for humor in everyday situations. Or watch a favorite comedy DVD. 4. Share your humor. Tell a funny true story to a co-worker or friend.
Stress relievers can help restore calm to your chaotic life. When stress gets out of control, try these tips for quick relief.
When you feel overwhelmed and stressed out, take some time for yourself. Find something that clears your mind, slows your breathing and restores your inner calm. A brisk walk may help release tension and renew your energy. Or listen to music or read a book.