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Nine tips to defeat stress

March 22, 2013

BOSTON — All of us, every day, are under a lot of pressure — so much pressure that at times its easy to let the small things, or bigger things, effectively affect the quality of your work, according to the Harvard Business Review.

This is the picture of life in the modern workplace; it has become more or less impossible to be any level of professional and not experience frequent, sometimes intense, bouts of stress, the article stated.

The difference between successful individuals and those who are less so is not whether or not you suffer from stress, but how the stress is dealt with when you do, the article noted.

According to the article, nine scientifically-proven tips to effectively deal with stress include:

Stress defeating strategies tip #1: Have self-compassion

Stress defeating strategies tip #2: Remember the big picture

Stress defeating strategies tip #3: Rely on routines

Stress defeating strategies tip #4: Take five (or ten) minutes to do something you find interesting

Stress defeating strategies tip #5: Add where and when to your to-do list

Stress defeating strategies tip #6: Use if-thens for positive self-talk

Stress defeating strategies tip #7: See your work in terms of progress, not perfection

Stress defeating strategies tip #8: Think about the progress that you've already made

Stress defeating strategies tip #9: Know whether optimism or defensive pessimism works for you.

By putting some or all of these strategies for fighting stress into place you will see real changes not only in the workplace, but in other areas of your life as well, the article added.

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