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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredThe surprising cure for job stress: Schedule one more meeting. The current daily avalanche of headlines about layoffs, mergers, plant closings, and jobs being exported to countries halfway around the world can give even rock-solid employees job jitters. What to do if you're on edge? You can't change what researchers call "collective uncertainty about the future," but you can book a meeting with your supervisor to discuss the company's goals and define your role in achieving them. Research shows that clearly defined goals make workers happier and healthier.
Leave job stress at the office. A study suggests that stress at work may be even more detrimental to your personal relationships than work exhaustion, and chronic stress may increase your risk of heart disease. Fostering supportive, close personal relationships can help reduce stress and slow aging. Before you head home at the end of the day, take a few minutes to practice a stress-management technique, such as meditation or deep breathing. Also, take the scenic route home. Research suggests that viewing natural scenery helps reduce stress and promote a healthy work-life balance.
Kathleen Hall, Preventive Medicine, answeredA childlike ability to see possibilities for variety and creativity can transform even the most mundane workplace into a haven of life and renewal. Soften an institutional environment by bringing natural objects into your workspace: a plant, a bowl of fruit or a favorite stone. Post inspirational sayings and artwork. Smile for no reason. Pack your lunch in a Wonder Woman lunch box. Keep your inner child alive, for your inner child is a great source of happiness, energy, creativity, and connectedness.
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