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The Young Professional and Stress

Stress is something almost everyone experiences at work.  The World Health Organization has called it an epidemic and the American Institute of Stress, says it costs businesses roughly $300 billion per year. Not everyone has the natural ability to look at a stressful situation and power through.  Yet, learning how to manage stress is a vital yet often overlooked job skill.

Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems.

Think about how you currently manage and cope with stress in your life. If your methods of coping with stress aren’t contributing to your greater emotional and physical health, it’s time to find healthier ones. There are many ways to do it, but they all require change.

You can either change the situation or change your reaction. You have to learn what you can pass off and what the real expectations are.

Your quest to be the absolute best may backfire in the long run. Perfectionistic seniors have a 51 percent higher mortality rate than laid-back oldsters do, the Journal of Health Psychology reveals. Hard-driving types may experience most angst-related health issues, so cut yourself some slack.


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