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1/10/12 9:57 P

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I also have a tremendous amount of work stress. I let it get the better of me last semester (also a grad student). I have decided to focus more on reducing my stress level by learning better coping strategies (other than eating). I am also working at not worrying about the things that I cannot change--this one is a challenge! No matter how busy I am at work, I ALWAYS take my lunch/dinner break. I don't always get my 15 minute breaks but I do separate myself for my meal. I do not read emails, etc. during this time. It definitely helps to clear my mind. Good luck!

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12/29/11 11:37 P

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I deal with stress at work by getting up from my desk and taking a short walk, I also try to exercise over my lunch hour, I do my relaxation techniques that I have been taught. I also use a lot of prayer.
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12/29/11 5:38 P

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I get up early myself and enjoy the time with the household sleeping to do just as you are doing.

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Good point, Econlady.You're right that the details won't matter 10 years from now (unless all the perceived stress has caused killed me :). All the stressful situations, emails and to-do items from 10 years ago are now distant memories (if even that). That helps give perspective.

Teacherwanda, I've been hoping it would level off for the past 3-4 years. The company is doing well (which translates to busy) -- so I really should be thankful, not complaining. I guess I want my cake and to eat it too (i.e., have a good job without the stresses that come along with it). Regarding your situation, I can empathize (to a degree) as my mother-in-law teaches special needs / behavioral problem (read violent) kids at an inner-city school (with what I imagine are similar political and leadership issues and normal inner-city school issues (violence, guns, arrests etc.)), so I have a tiny sliver of an understanding of how much stress that environment creates. I also have seen the strong emotions the countdown to summer brings, as well as the "August Dread". I wish you the best for the new year!

Be-The-Change, I've started going to bed much earlier and taking getting up an hour earlier, leaving a little time (before others are awake) to actually enjoy my cup of coffee, check my personal (not work) email, journal, read an article, etc. and I've found that little bit of me time early in the day (rather than rushing out the door) really helps.

The most effective strategy I've been able to find to date is keeping the inbox as empty as possible and the to-do list as organized as possible. When I have a full picture of what the outstanding items are, I feel calm (even if they're not all done). It's when I don't even have time to survey the landscape or fires, problems and issues that I get stressed out.

Anyway, thanks for your input and Happy New Year everyone!

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12/28/11 5:16 P

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The only way I have been able to handle it is to ask myself is it worth getting upset. Does the worrying help you get it done sooner or make you do a better job? In 20 years will missing an e-mail make a difference in anything? Good luck!

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TEACHERWANDA - Best wishes, for the New Year 2012 !
I hope that things will get better, at your school, so that
you would not need to take all those meds !

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I teach in a intercity school. When I'm off in the summer I don't need to take my bp meds, I loose weight and life is good. As soon as school starts I need to take all of my meds again. This year is especially bad because the lack of commitment from the other teachers and administrators at my school - lets just say major changes have occurred in the last 3 years and the overall caliber of the school has dramatically changed for the worse. I will defiantly be moving to a different school in the district next year, I am trying my best to make through the year without loosing my cool.

For you, you need to decide if the stress level is manageable or not. Will things even out later after the start-up period?

I helps me for make a to-do list. Perhaps you may want to set a time-limit on some the lower priority items so they get some attention each day and don't get forgotten.

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I wish I had a good answer for you. I read your blog and unfortunately I am the same way with my job. I get emails on my phone. I can log onto our server remotely from home and I do pretty much every day.

I am trying to take some time each day and do something for myself - read, watch a movie, talk to a friend on the phone - and that seems to help when I do it.

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Hi all, I'm here because my start-up job totally stresses me out.

Not because the actual work is stressful or I have a boss who yells at me, but because the sheer volume of emails, tasks, projects, problems, complaining customers, etc. bombarding me concurrently is so high. It makes it impossible for me to disconnect (even for the weekend, much less on a vacation) knowing I'll come back to a mountain of email, problems and to-do items.

Over the Christmas break, I noticed that my blood pressure dropped significantly -- making me appreciate for the first time how direct the connection is between my work and stress (even on weekends my BP would remain the same as weekdays). I wrote about it here: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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In short, I don't think changing jobs is the right course of action or is a long-term fix. I think the problem is something internal that I can't quite put my finger on.

Anyone else have a similar issue? How do you deal with it?

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