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5 Quick Ways to Calm Anxiety at Work

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

5 Quick Ways to Calm Anxiety at WorkIf you struggle with anxiety, you may find it especially tough to get things done at work. “Anxiety can be debilitating on its own, but in the workplace, it can be magnified immensely,” said Jenifer Hope, LCPC, a therapist who specializes in treating anxiety.

With its often-fast pace and mounting demands, work can spike stress. One of Hope’s clients, who has generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), feels anxious most of the time and in most situations. When her anxiety is severe, she has a hard time completing any task. She’ll reread the same line in an email because she can’t focus on anything else except her anxiety.

Whether you struggle with severe or occasional anxiety at work, you can practice certain strategies to feel better. Hope shared these five tips.

3 Ways to Reclaim Your Work Life

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

3 Ways to Reclaim Your Work LifeIf you’re stressed, depressed and dreading Mondays, you’re probably working in a toxic interpersonal environment that has started to take its toll on your physical and mental health.

In my recent research on workplace bullying, I have discovered a baffling phenomenon: Targets often don’t realize they are being bullied for months or years. I believe that the reason it takes so long is because no one likes to admit they’re a victim.

The mere thought of being a victim is so stigmatizing that most people would rather give the bully the benefit of the doubt and continue tolerating the abuse. Yet it’s so damaging to a person’s well-being that I want to declare my central message: Catch it early and think strategically. It exponentially increases the possibility of obtaining a better outcome.

Are We What We Wear?

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Are We What We Wear? On a hot summer day in Central Texas I exited my apartment in a linen skirt, white short-sleeved sweater, and sandals. My neighbor, who is also a friend, greeted me on this bright sunny morning with the comment “you look like such a counselor today.”

At first I wondered what this meant and felt it might be negative in nature. However, throughout the day I embraced this idea. What does it mean to “look like a counselor?” What could it mean to look like a teacher, attorney, housewife, or barista?

10 Ways to Boost Your Energy

Monday, July 21st, 2014

10 Ways to Boost Your Energy“Energy is your most precious resource,” writes Susannah Seton in the introduction of Everyday Energy Boosters: 365 Tips and Tricks to Help You Feel Like a Million Bucks, co-written with Sondra Kornblatt.

“Without it, you simply go through the motions of your life.” With energy, she notes, we’re able to engage in our work and relationships, and bask in the joy of being alive, “our birthright.”

Can Introverts Become Leaders?

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Can Introverts Become Leaders?The ugly truth of life is that extroverts rule this world.

Does it mean that introverts can’t become great leaders?

The answer to this question is simple: No, it does not!

Returning to Work after Addiction Treatment

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Returning to Work after TreatmentEvery year, thousands of white-collar professionals enter treatment for addiction to alcohol and drugs. In treatment they are taught new skills for living productive and fulfilled lives without mind-altering substances. After completing a 30- to 90-day inpatient program, possibly with some additional time in a less restrictive sober living community, they return to work.

In their absence, not much has changed back at the office; the expectations and associated stress have continued without a break. These newly sober professionals are inserted back into a culture from where they came and where they drank.

The Secret to Great Relationships of Any Kind

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

The Secret to Great Relationships of Any KindGerry Spence, the famous attorney who has an amazing record for winning in court, says that people have “truth tentacles.” That’s how he became so successful — by telling juries the truth.

I agree; I think people can tell when they’re being lied to. Sometimes we may put blinders on because we don’t like the reality we see, but deep inside, we generally know the truth.

Bullied in the Workplace? Don’t Lose Your Power by Emotional Dumping

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Lose Your Power by Emotional DumpingEmotional dumping is when you verbally offload the intense rage or fear you feel onto someone you think should care and fix it now. For example, if you’ve been the target of workplace bullying, you might spew forth your outrage onto human resources or senior managers. You might expect them to do something, but become even more upset when they react in an oppositional way.

As a therapist, I regularly encounter this phenomenon, often from otherwise intelligent and articulate women who feel OK about seeking help and solace from others (men usually find it more difficult).

4 Ways to Benefit from Envy

Monday, June 16th, 2014

4 Ways to Benefit from EnvyIf I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Upward comparison is a universal experience. It is one way that we determine where we stand among others. There will always be someone more intelligent, funny, interesting, or accomplished to compare ourselves against. Others appear to have figured it all out when we feel we don’t have a clue.

The effects of these comparisons can hit us hard, influencing our emotions and our self-perception.

Just Sitting There Doing Squat?

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Just Sitting There Doing Squat?Will Rogers, born in 1879, was a Cherokee Indian, a cowboy noted for his roping skills, a movie star, a columnist and, today, a legend. He was one smart guy but no boring intellectual.

He spoke in simple words that everyone could understand: “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

Are you sitting on the right track watching your dreams fade into obscurity? Or, could it be that you’re doing nothing because you know you’re on the wrong track? Think about which one it is.

5 Ways to Feel More Fulfilled at Work

Friday, June 6th, 2014

5 Ways to Feel More Fulfilled at WorkWe spend the majority of our day at work. So feeling …

New Beginnings Need a New Attitude

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

New Beginnings Need a New AttitudeNew beginnings often are exciting, yet terrifying — no one knows what the future holds. Unlimited possibilities lie behind the door to your new beginning: successes and failures, ups and downs, and even some smiles and frowns.

The past is sometimes easier to reflect upon because it is finite, it is done and it cannot offer new surprises in your life. The past, in a sense, is easier to control; the present and future seems mystical and uncontrollable.

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