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Five Physical Signs You’re Getting Stressed Out

stressIf you just looked at the calendar and freaked out the holidays are literally here and there’s not enough time to get everything done, you’re not alone.

It’s definitely a worst case scenario to feel run down and get sick more easily than other times of the year.

This piece on U.S. News & World Report caught our attention to be wary of physical signs you are getting stressed out. Since self-care is the best type of care, it’s all the more reason to slow down this time of year and pay attention to your body before you’ve reached an all-time high stressed out mode. Read more

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New Survey Shows How Authority Impacts Depression in Men & Women

freelance_personalAccording to a new study published by The Journal of Health & Social Behavior, authoritative roles at work impact men and women differently.

Researchers analyzed data between 1993 and 2004. Participants were monitored in terms of their job positions and how their roles impacted the incidence of depression symptoms.

Here’s what researchers found: women with job authority defined as hiring, firing and influencing pay have significantly more symptoms of depression than women without the same authority.

On the contrary, men in authoritative positions at the office demonstrated fewer symptoms of depression than their male counterparts who didn’t have authoritative responsibilities. And when compared side by side, women in authoritative positions showcased more depression symptoms than men in similar authoritative jobs. Read more

Three Things You Should Never Ever Do At the Office

multitaskingWe’ve all had bad days, we get it. So, how you react to a colleague’s inane conversation or a boss’s unrealistic deadline is key to your success. Reputations aren’t build overnight but they can certainly crumble in an instant.

According to this piece we saw on Monster, several factors stand out to keep your cool. In other words, avoid doing these four things at the office.

1. React to anything out of rage or spite. If you’ve ever responded within an instant to an email that made you completely irate, we’re with you. The next time you receive an equally disturbing message though, try to take a walk. Step away from the computer. And definitely breathe. Read more

Monster Survey Shows Millennials Experience Burnout More Than Others

stressIf you’re stressed out, raise your hand! Yes, we all get burned out at one point or another but when it comes to specific generations, Millennials experience burnout the most.

According to a new survey conducted by Monster Worldwide, Inc., 86 percent of Millennial respondents reveal some level of burnout in their current jobs. This is in comparison to 76 percent of more experienced workouts indicating burnout in their roles. Sidebar: Those numbers seem awfully high, don’t they? Are we working ourselves to the ground? That’s a whole other blog post but still, it makes you think… Read more

Three Ways to Become Less Busy

midnightAh, modern technology. We typically pride ourselves on multitasking, being productive and achieving more but at what cost?

A post on Harvard Business Review inspired us to stop and smell the roses. Greg McKeown writes, “Not only are we addicted to the drug of more, we are pushers too. In the race to get our children into ‘a good college’ we have added absurd amounts of homework, sports, clubs, dance performances and ad infinitum extracurricular activities. And with them, busyness, sleep deprivation and stress.”

In his post, he provides several reasons to become less busy. Pointing out the “more bubble” will burst, we’ll end up feeling our time on this planet has been squandered doing things that haven’t mattered.

He adds:

“A hundred years from now, when people look back at this period, they will marvel at the stupidity of it all: the stress, the motion sickness, and the self-neglect we put ourselves through.”

Here are his tips for living a life that matters… Read more

Author of ‘Overwhelmed’ Says Multitasking Isn’t a Good Idea

stressHave you ever felt like you are having a productive day by juggling countless deadlines, only to feel at the end of the day like nothing got done?

Meet Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. According to her interview with The New York Post, she says a lot of people may be shocked to hear this, particularly women

“When we’re multitasking we tend to reward ourselves with, “Woo, look how much I’m doing!” But studies find that your brain literally cannot pay attention to two things at the same time with equal weight. You’re not giving either thing your full attention. So instead of doing one thing well, you’re doing two things poorly.”

Sometimes when you’re caught up in working crazy hours, you may not even notice you’re in the thick of it. For Schulte, that “A-ha!” moment came when she was reporting a story and a time researcher told her she had 30 hours of leisure a week. The author “just didn’t realize it.” Read more

Stressed Out at Work? Monster Survey Reveals You’re Not Alone

stressAlthough stress certainly isn’t fun, if you’re among the 42 percent of respondents who have indicated they left a job due to an overly stressful environment, at least you’re not alone.

According to the new Monster survey, more than half of respondents (55 percent) said they experience very stressful lives and that number increases to 57 percent as it relates to work-related stress. Read more

Four Ways to Tackle a Chaotic Day

Ever have one of those days? You know the type: All of the sudden it’s time for lunch but you never would have known because your breakfast is still sitting idle at your desk. Meanwhile, you’re wearing your coffee (yeah, spilled again), and the deadline at 1 p.m. is quickly approaching…

Well, our friends at Brazen Careerist outlined a few ways to manage chaos on the job.

1. Prioritize. Yes, this entails planning ahead even during the most chaotic of times. Vishnu Subramaniam writes in the piece, “Not all tasks are created the same. You must determine what your ultimate goal and objective is for the day. Is your job to advocate for a policy, improve turnout for a community event or sell a product or service?”

Once an objective has been identified, it should be crystal clear as to what you should work on first. Looming deadline? Time to work on it first. Read more

‘Stress in America’ Survey Reveals Stress Management Varies By Generation

According to a Stress in America survey published by the American Psychological Association, our ability to manage stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle is altered by our generation.

That is, as per the study Millennials (18 to 33) and GenXers (34 to 47) apparently have the highest stress levels compared to Boomers (48 to 66) and Matures (67 years and up). That said, the latter two groups also report stress levels that are higher than what they deem to be a healthy dose of stress. (Oxymoron, yes?) Read more