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Stress Management: The Ultimate Guide

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Stress Management: The Ultimate Guide
There are plenty of stressful jobs out there -- but if you're in sales and believe your profession is uniquely stress-inducing, there's data to back that up. According to a 2011 PayScale survey, salespeople report the second-highest levels of stress in the country. Why?

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Signs of Stress

  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Chest pains
  • Stomach ache
  • Hair loss
  • Eyelid twitching
  • Acne
  • Back pain
  • Rashes
  • Frequent colds and/or infections
  • High blood pressure

These are mostly short-term symptoms, but beware, sustained stress can change your biological systems and result in stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.

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How to Manage Stress at Work

  • Take a deep breath. Slow, deep breaths activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which calms you down.
  • Don’t dwell on scary thoughts without any productive decisions.
  • Give yourself a break. Accept your negative emotions.
  • Exercise. Research suggests many of the benefits of exercise come in the first 20 minutes.

  • Reach out. In-person interactions cause your body to produce a bunch of hormones that counteract the “flight or flight” response.

  • Maintain a balanced lifestyle. 

  • Meditate.

  • Take notes of what tends to stress you out 

    so you can better control your reaction.
  • Set the right expectations. Treat stress like an inevitable part of your life. You’re not trying to erase stress, you’re simply trying to cope with it.

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Stress

Stress is a biological response(or a reaction) to external changes and forces beyond one's resources. Signs of stress include a rapid heart rate, shallow breath, and an adrenaline rush.


Acute stress or temporary stress is normal and even beneficial. Chronic stress is linked to health concerns like heart disease and a weakened immune system.


Ways to Handle Stress:

  • Exercise daily.
  • Focus your energy on what you can control.
  • Know that your stress response is unique to you.

Anxiety

Anxiety is the culmination of worry and stress. It is a state of body and mind which is stressed and worried for no apparent reason, like a response to a false alarm.

An anxiety disorder is an acute form of anxiety and a serious medical condition.


How to Handle Anxiety:

  • Curb your sugar, alcohol and caffeine consumption.
  • Calm yourself by deep breathing and refocusing on your body parts.
  • Distract yourself by listening to music or a little exercise.
Stress, worry and anxiety can be helped by regular exercise, a nutritious diet and an ample amount of sleep.