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Safe Work Practices - Dealing with stress 

Stress is a major factor contributing to the development of computer related health problems.

While some stress can be helpful in helping us cope with the daily challenges of work, too much stress causes our muscles to be tense for too long. We therefore must learn to manage our stress levels in order to stay healthy.

Here are some tips to help you deal with stress

  • Remember that sometimes you can control your circumstances to reduce stress, when at other times you have to manage how you react to your circumstances.
  • Identify the things that are causing you to feel stressed and deal with them if possible.
  • Personality conflicts and personal problems can be a major cause of stress - get help (e.g. counselling or perhaps a communication course) if you need it.
  • Learn relaxation techniques and practise these during micropauses and exercise breaks.
  • Breathe out heavily from time to time to drop your shoulders into a relaxed position.
  • Don't panic - you'll only end up making mistakes and creating more stress.
  • Be clear about your performance standards and deadline expectations for each job.
  • Ask your clients for feedback on your work so that you know how you're doing - you'll probably be pleasantly surprised.
  • If you have a stack of jobs in the in-tray, take one and shift the rest out of sight while you work on that one.
  • Maintain a balanced diet and get plenty of sleep and exercise.
  • Don't have unrealistic expectations of yourself - its OK to ask for help.
  • Don't work to the point of physical discomfort or pain.
  • Ensure that your work environment is well set up.
  • Develop some personal affirmations and be determined to enjoy your work.
  • Don't forget to laugh - its one of the best antidotes to stress.

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