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STRESS MANAGEMENT

Signs of Stress and Imbalance

How To Break Through Fear in Turbulent Times

What is Stress?

Solving Problems in a High-Stress Environment

Break Through Self-Doubt & Fear

Let's Get Physical

Holiday Stress Hotspots

Make 2004 your Year of Organization

Holiday Stress Hotspots

Manage Stress by Stopping Obsessive or Unwanted Thoughts

Meditate Stress Away

Taking Stress for a Ride

3 Strategies to Reduce Stress

Cleaning Up

Stress; Control It, Change It or Let It Go!

Substance Abuse

The Courage to Feel Bad

The Challenge of Change

Tips for Managing Holiday Madness

Modern Day Stressors: What Stress Looks Like in the 21st Century

The Life Juggle: How to Find Lifework Balance

New Year's Resolutions

 

CHANGE

The Questions Leaders Should Ask Themselves about Change

The Top Ten Ways to Manage People through Change

Understanding Change

The Challenge of Change

 

RUNNING A BUSINESS

Be Heard. Be Strong. Be Effective. How to Deliver Impressive Presentations

Getting Started in the Speaking Business: Answers to Burning Questions

What Entrepreneurs Need to Know to be Successful

How to Create and Maintain Culture as You Grow

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Candidates

 

DIVERSITY

A Passion for Diversity

Traits of a Diverse Organization

Simma's Holiday Diversity Q and A

How to Go from Eggshell Walking to Multicultural Festivity Making

Are You Wasting Your Money on Diversity Training?

Interview Bias: Overcoming the Silent Forces Working Against You

How to Help LGBT Employees Help Your Organization Grow

How to Integrate Diversity Into Your Business Strategy

Diversity Benefits Organizations and Communities

Diversity Fast Facts

How to Integrate Diversity

10 PC Tips for Communicating with a Diverse Audience

Are You Truly Successful?

Interviewing Employees Who Stay

Wage and Position Disparity Across Gender

What Every Consultant Needs to Know About Diversity Consulting and Training

Diversity Competency Assessment

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Candidates

Understanding Diversity Dialogues

Dialogue as a Communication Tool Amongst Diverse Groups of People

Communicating across Generations in the Workplace

Simma & Kate's Strategies for Cross-Generational Relationship Building

Valuing Diversity during the Holidays

 

COMMUNICATION

Understanding Dialogue: A Q&A on the benefits of dialogue

Dialogue as a Communication Tool

Communication with Concern

Helping Others Deal with Loss

10 PC Tips for Communicating with a Diverse Audience

Tips for Better Communication Between Men and Women in the Workplace

Understanding Diversity Dialogues

Dialogue as a Communication Tool Amongst Diverse Groups of People

Simma & Kate's Strategies for Cross-Generational Relationship Building

Web Site Tips

 

GENDER COMMUNICATION

Differences in Male and Female Communication Styles

Gender Communications Differences and Strategies

Wage and Position Disparity across Gender

Tips for Better Communication between Men and Women in the Workplace

 

WORK/LIFE BALANCE

Life/Work Balance in the Real World

New Year's Resolutions: A New Approach?

Working with Loved Ones: Leverage Potential and Avoid Pitfalls

Modern Day Stressors: What Stress Looks Like in the 21st Century

The Life Juggle: How to Find Lifework Balance

 

RESTAURANT & HOSPITALITY

All in the Family

Are You Truly Successful?

How to Create and Maintain the Culture of Your Restaurants

Let's Get Physical

Meditate Stress Away

Taking Stress for a Ride

The Challenge of Change

3 Strategies to Reduce Stress

Cleaning Up Substance Abuse

 

FEAR & SELF-DOUBT

Break Through Self-Doubt & Fear

Substance Abuse

The Courage to Feel Bad

Modern Day Stressors: What Stress Looks Like in the 21st Century
 

By Simma Lieberman.

We often think of stress just as the immediate conditions in our lives that impact us, without paying proper attention to environmental stressors than can create low-grade, constant stress. Stress from the environment is fueled through watching the news, talking with people, and otherwise picking up and sensing it in the environment.

A Different Kind of Stress that Affects Us

Common Stressors in the 21st Century include:

  • Wars
  • Working so many hours
  • More work and less people time
  • Fear of job loss
  • Terrorism and it¹s threat
  • Layoffs
  • Traffic
  • Commuting
  • Rushing all the time
  • Over-scheduling
  • Periods of economic downturn
  • Change
  • Transitioning from high school to college
  • Leaving college for the outside world
  • Retirement planning
  • Being around people who are different than you
  • Uncertainty about the future

Some people experience physical and emotional signs of stress as a result of these types of environmental stressors, even if their personal life situation has relatively low levels of stress.

We can't always control our environment, but we can control our reaction to it. If environmental stressors influence you (they do most of us) practice the Control, Change, or Let Go process. Ask yourself these questions: Can I control it? Can I change it? If not, how can I let it go?


Check Your Vital Stress Stats

Keep a check on your stress levels but keeping a stress record. Rate your stress levels on a scale of 1-10 (1 being not stressed at all, 10 being stressed to the point of being dysfunctional or severely limited in terms of your activities). Jot down in a bulleted form your emotions, behaviors, etc., and your stress rank.


My Vital Stress Stats

Date:
Stress Rank:
How I Feel:
What's Going On:


This doesn¹t need to be a time intensive activity. Spend literally one minute each day writing on a small notepad you keep next to your bed, at your desk, etc. After a few weeks, look back and try to identify patterns in your stress (computer crashes, certain corporate events, interactions with certain individuals). Look for ways to eliminate stress by removing these stressors, and if that's not possible, look for opportunities to build in stress-releasers (exercise, baths, sleep-ins, etc.)

The point is to focus on your emotions and yourself for a few minutes each day. This type of self-reflective tool is a powerful way to fight off stress by helping you to feel grounded and to restore calm in your daily life.

Once you¹ve done this for a month or so, it can become a quick mental exercise, and you can forego the pen and paper altogether. Like a vital stats check on your mental health, you can monitor your stress levels automatically and determine when you need a dose of a stress-relieving activity.


Simma Lieberman works with people and organizations to create environments where people can do their best work. She specializes in diversity, gender communications, life-work balance and stress, and acquiring and retaining new customers.

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