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This entire issue of eSharings
is on stress. I know you are very busy
and excited to get to your holiday celebrations. Your positive or
levels may be getting a little elevated at times. The negative stress is
especially high for people working in retail and crisis call centers and help
Did you know that
more heart attacks happen in December then any other time of the year?
Look at these other statistics on stress. Below these items are
22 non-traditional ways to manage down stress.
professional occupations, with 16 percent of the cases, and
technical, sales, and administrative support occupations with 48
percent, had higher proportions of occupational stress cases than
they did of all occupational injury and illness cases involving days
away from work, 5 and 15 percent, respectively. Three occupations
accounted for almost 80 percent of all cases of occupational stress: The
two white-collar occupations just mentioned and operators, fabricators,
often leading to occupational stress disorders include book keepers,
accounting, and auditing clerks—5 per-cent; supervisors and proprietors,
sales occupations—4 percent; investigators and adjusters, excluding
insurance—4 percent; cooks—4 percent; and production occupation
Stress is linked to physical
and mental health, as well as decreased willingness to take on new and
Job burnout experienced by 25%
to 40% of U.S. workers is blamed on stress.
More than ever before, employee stress is being recognized as a major drain
on corporate productivity and competitiveness.
Depression, only one type of
stress reaction, is predicted to be the leading occupational disease of the
21st century, responsible for more days lost than any other single factor.
$300 billion, or $7,500 per
employee, is spent annually in the U.S. on stress-related compensation
claims, reduced productivity, absenteeism, health insurance costs, direct
medical expenses (nearly 50% higher for workers who report stress), and
Below are 22 ideas to
manage down stress. We know the traditional ways of dealing
with stress like meditation, breathing exercises, general
exercise activities, sleep, and workload balancing. This list includes
the more non-traditional ideas that are often overlooked or not known.
One of my favorite solutions is
to "SCREAM" ( I live in the country so this is easy to do.)
Truthfully, screaming does work. Studies show that 25% of stress can
be reduced by screaming. Check out
Buzzle.com and what they have to say on this.
Hyland's Calms Forte'. This stuff works
well. I have used it successfully on many occasions. (Note: Be sure to
check with your doctor about taking any additional vitamins or homeopathic
remedies. They may interfere with medications you are taking.)
Here's a fun solution -
NPD study shows that playing video games is
a stress reducer.
Read, read, read.
Anything you enjoy. Go to a very quiet place and give yourself
some peaceful downtime. Tell everyone you are unavailable for one hour
and don't take a phone with you. Try the library for a change or small town
bookstore for quiet reading.
TURN OFF THE CELL
PHONE. Try turning off your phone for 4-6 hours. Notice the
release you will feel from this action.
Write in your journal.
If you don't have one, start one.
Eat your favorite
comfort foods. (Make macaroni and cheese - the kind mom used to make,
flakes with dad or the kids, or make those special fudge brownies that
Walk with a friend or the dog,
a horse and clean out their stalls, and if you live on the east coast
right now - get out and shovel some snow. Get outside and make
noise or be quiet - whatever it is get out and do something you love.
Do T'ai Chi
or take a course in it. Yoga works for some people too.
Oggz or get a few of them. Use them on your desk, home office, bedroom or
set around the bathtub.
Bathe: Add 1-2
cups of sea salt (magnesium) and 1 cup of baking soda to the water without
any soap or bubbles. Cancer patients use this for reducing the toxins and
poisons in their body. Turn the lights off or very low. Try your
Oggz in this environment or use candles.
Make love. This
activity will reduce stress for many people.
Read more. (This is a safe site to visit - trust me.)
Increase your Vitamin
B (caution: It can be toxic if you take too much.) and Vitamin E (Only certain
forms work well.) but be careful not to take too much. Stress depletes
C so be sure to supplement your current dosage when stress increases.
SAM-e is known to help with mood support.
Chamomile, Melatonin, Hops, St. John's Wort, and Passionflower can help
significantly. They come in pill form as well as loose blossoms and leaves.
A nice hot cup of herbal tea that includes these herbs is very
relaxing. Be careful not to add Peppermint to the mix just before bed
because it is a diuretic.
Go see a movie -
try two in a row and go alone.
Cut back the sugar.
Try Stevia or Xylitol. They have low glycemic indexes and won't
increase your blood sugar levels. I honestly (for medical reasons) have
not eaten sugar, molasses, honey or corn syrup in over 17 years. It
has made a world of difference in my life.
Stevia is my favorite.
Do something Artistic.Draw,
paint, color in a crayon/felt tip pen book (they have really ornate ones for
adults or simply make something creative. Beading can be
relaxing for some people too. Go to the websitewww.coloring.com
and you can color online.
Put together a jigsaw puzzle. We
are starting an office puzzle. You could have one going in the lunch
room or in the call center or help desk area. Make it harder and
hide the box lid so they can't see what it should look like until it is
finished. Hmm, that might increase the stress for some people? Check
out the JigZone for
online puzzles and more, including ways to add puzzles to your Blogs. There are loads of puzzles on the
Puzzler's Den website.
Just Jigsaw Puzzles
is a fun site too.
PAC MAN online. Don't tell your boss though if you do this at
work. If you get caught, don't tell them I told you about it. Ha.
I hope you
found this issue of eSharings enjoyable and useful. Happy
Reduce or eliminate the use of wrapping paper. Many have
lead and other toxins in them plus it just wastes paper.
If you burn most wrapping paper it puts lots of toxins
in the air too.
Use recycled paper, towels, cloth napkins, used paper
bags, the Sunday paper's colored funny pages, or catalogs you get in the mail for wrapping
gifts. Last year's calendar pages work great for
smaller gifts and adds some fun to the package.
If every American family wrapped
just 3 presents in re-used materials, it would
save enough paper to cover 45,000 football fields.
Ivy's celebrating her
50th Birthday in January.
Will you come to
Date: January 16th, 2008
from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Producer: The NWCCP and
Host Location: Puget Sound
Energy in Bellevue, Washington
memorable, Max Dixon
A Native American Indian
will be entertaining, playing hand-made flutes
Networking party afterwards
with cake and refreshments (Plan to stay late.)
Leaders of help desks, contact centers,
web service portals, and other customer touch points for
Government's internal and external customers get together yearly at
our annual Government Customer Support Conference and Expo (GCSC) to
learn, share, and synergize as a community of practice!
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