For many people in this modern era years of toiling in the field have been replaced by years of slaving in the office. While back-breaking physical labor isn’t much of a concern for your average corporate employee, sitting in front of a computer for 8+ hours a day comes with its own set of stressors.
Besides keeping your desk organized and clutter free (unlike the mess above) there are a number of basic steps you can take to make your 9 to 5 just a little less stressful.
There are hundreds of positive things you can do to help alleviate or banish stress. Here are some of our current favorites:
1. Own your stress.
Sometimes we stress about our stress. Seriously! If, like most, you’re a sensitive and thoughtful person trying to make the best choices in your life, you may have to guard against the all-too-easy habit of judging yourself and beating yourself up over the negative feelings that come with stress. I find that the judgment of a stressful situation or emotion is often more upsetting than the original issue. This can create a spiral of negativity. If you’re stressed, own it! You are allowed to experience all your feelings, including the stressful, negative ones. Accept them and find a way to channel them in a positive direction, such as outcome-based thinking. This is where you say “I don’t like this situation. I feel awful. What do I want it to be like instead? How do I want to feel instead?” rather than “I don’t like this situation. I feel awful! It’s hopeless!”. At the risk of taking us all back to the 1970s, be your own best friend; be gentle with yourself. Give yourself permission to have your feelings. And if that’s hard for you to do, no problem: I give you permission!
When I was a kid my best friend and I loved playing the hypothetical game. In case you are unfamiliar with this pastime it basically involves inquiring as to the minimum limits of compensation it would take to get the other person to experience something downright horrible. For example, “How much money would it take for you to run up to ugly Julie right now and kiss her on the mouth?” (We were juvenile, I know.) Or maybe, “How many Snickers would it take to get you to eat an entire earthworm?”
The consequences of such actions are fairly clear. My friend would probably be slapped by Julie and made a social pariah in the first case, and would likely vomit in the latter. Oh, but the sweet reward. We all have our price, and this is the beauty of the hypothetical game. (I think at age 10 it was somewhere around $100 and 2 1/2, respectively.)
A Calorie Counter blog has gone to the trouble of compiling the absolute worst fast foods from all American chain restaurants. The author looked through every single item offered at every single restaurant from McDonald’s to White Castle to Burger King to Taco Bell to KFC to Wendy’s – whew!
Why 88, you ask? Why not! Though there are hundreds more health offenders, these 88 were determined to be the worst foods based upon their trans fat content. The vegans over at Taste Better were horrified to learn that onion rings serve up nearly 30 grams of trans fat (daily recommended allowance: zero). But meatasauruses don’t get off so easily: fish is next on the list of dangerous, deadly fat portions. It’s not a good day for fast food in the blogosphere, but it’s a really bad day for White Castle (both the onion rings and fish are from this trans fat triumph of a food chain).
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