A 5-Minute Exercise to Find Relief — and Fun — in a Stressful Workplace

Most of us experience work stress, whether from constant multi-tasking, co-worker tension, lack of control over your own work, or something similar.

When external pressures in the workplace cause you to feel stress, it is certainly well worth the effort to address the external source. AND! It’s equally important to tend to yourself, ensure you’re promoting an internal sense of well-being, and giving yourself the opportunity to build resilience.

Below is a simple exercise you can use — in the moment, in just a few minutes — to calm your body and promote s sense of well-being. And, it’s fun!

Community//March 13, 2019

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Do you find that work stress invades the rest of your life, including your physical, mental, and emotional health, relationships, and overall quality of life?

If so, you’re certainly not alone.

A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health study found 40 percent of workers said their job was very or extremely stressful and 25 percent view their jobs as the main stressor in their lives, with the American Psychological Association finding that job stress tends to come from co-worker tension, assignment overload, and poor management.

According to the World Health Organization, stress occurs in a wide…

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I’ve been a career coach in Washington, DC for a few years now.

We’re a notably Type-A bunch, which doesn’t necessarily bode well for our overall sense of balance and well-being. According to Psychology Today, having a Type-A personality is associated with “hostility, impatience, difficulty expressing emotions, competitiveness, drive, perfectionism and an unhealthy dependence on external rewards such as wealth, status, or power.”

Not great, right?

I see this personality trait play out most when I am working with clients who have an objectively terrible boss. A boss who torpedos their team’s work, who sets no clear expectations or is…

Chrissy Macken

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