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Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.

How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.

Develop a Stress-Relief
Action Plan

Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.

YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.

Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
stress-free lifestyle. Stress Health Network

8 to 5 Sanity

Whatever your job is, take steps to help control the stress level. The first step is recognizing when you're getting into trouble from overwork and stress. Potentially dangerous signs and symptoms include

not being able to make work-related decisions as well as you once could
a harried lifestyle
constant irritability or fatigue
the loss of enjoyment or satisfaction from your work
alcoholism and drug abuse

Steps to Job Sanity:

Cultivate optimism.
Take some time off.
Work to improve your job relationships.
Maintain your sense of humor.
Live a healthy lifestyle. Eat a balanced diet, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol to excess, maintain a healthy weight, exercise regularly and get adequate sleep.
Attempt to organize your work better.
Be assertive. Stand up for yourself if work is being unfairly pawned on you.
Have the courage to be imperfect.
Don't take on problems that aren't yours.
Get help if you need it. Talk with your supervisor, your EAP counselor or a mental health professional to help you cope with problems associated with or caused by stress at work.

Handle Those Paper Tasks

A cardinal rule of managing paperwork is "handle a piece of paper only once." But that advice can be misleading. The point is to avoid handling a piece of paper in the same way over and over. In other words, if an item is pending or you're not sure what to do about it, don't put it back in an in-basket. If it goes there, you may repeat this same action many times.

A better system for pending items is to move them into an area for the next appropriate stage of action. Every paper from an in-basket should either go in a tickler file, a work-in-progress folder, a delegation folder, a to-be-read file, a reference file or a priority folder.

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