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Steps workers can take to manage stress

March 1, 2011

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In addition to workplace modifications, NIOSH recommends workers try to better manage their job stress levels by taking the following actions:

  • Develop a strong social support system in the workplace. A co-worker or other ally who is available to talk through problems can help put things in perspective and minimize stress.
  • Take a break to avoid “burnout.” Even something as brief as a walk around the block can help clear your head and distance you from stressors, enabling you to return to the job with a fresh outlook.
  • Set realistic expectations for the amount of work you can complete in the time you have available. Do not attempt to take on more than you can reasonably handle.
  • Recognize you are not perfect and every minor detail in your work will not be perfect either.
  • Try to remain organized and keep your work area free of clutter, which can add to stress.
  • Avoid negativity and negative people, and try to maintain a positive attitude about your work and your co-workers.

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