Posts Tagged ‘stress’

Ted Talks: Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

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Understanding and Eliminating Stress: Keys to Health and Success

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

by Lauren Shapiro*

stressWho hasn’t been super stressed out in the past year? Between the economy, layoffs and undertaking of additional work at no additional pay – how could you not be stressed? Now, more than ever, employees are feeling strained without relief.  According to Dianne Buckner of CBC News, “When it comes to the pressing priorities of an average entrepreneur, managing the mental health of staff is probably not at the top of the list. Concern about whether or not employees are feeling good about their work and their lives likely has to take a back seat to issues related to surviving this tough economy, such as improving sales or reducing expenses.” Buckner goes on to write, “But touchy-feely as emotional well-being may sound, the fact is that issues such as anxiety, depression and burnout present some very real costs — and not just to individual enterprises, but to the economy as a whole.”

With internal pressures growing greater as we watch unemployment lines grow, these anxieties and stresses begin to affect the mind and body. It is important to note that there are different types of stress that we experience. Good stress motivates us to give a stellar presentation or to go above and beyond for a meeting. However, bad stress can cause negative effects including sleeplessness, headaches, high blood pressure or fatigue, illustrates an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Explains Reba Connell, Center for Stress Reduction, “Stressors, the life events that cause feelings of stress, can also often put the body in a chronic “fight or flight” or hyper-arousal mode. The feelings associated with fight or flight include accelerated heartbeat and breathing, tunnel vision and racing thoughts. This mode releases endorphins and cortisol, which can increase blood pressure, heart rate and blood sugar levels. High blood pressure can increase the risk of heart attack.”

There are plenty of ways to reduce stress. Taking a “mental health” day is a great way to take a step away from the hectic workday and focus on doing something for yourself. Put the BlackBerry down and relax. (Want more tips on how to reduce digital overload? Check out this BurrellesLuce newsletter.) Take a bath, go shopping, do something that you enjoy and take the time to enjoy it! “Mental health” days are great ways to break up the work week and remind you that things may not be as bad as they seem. They will rejuvenate you and bring you back to your non-stressed self.

If you can’t step away for a mental health day, here are some tips to keep stress at bay, as suggested by

  1. Get plenty of sleep.
  2. Learn to make decisions quickly and let go of the need to over-analyze everything.
  3. Express your feelings and don’t bottle up your emotions.
  4. Avoid trying for perfections and don’t sweat the small stuff.
  5. Maintain a positive mental attitude by utilizing affirmative “self-talk.”
  6. Stop worrying so much and look at situations more optimistically.
  7. Smile and laugh frequently throughout the day; don’t take yourself so seriously.
  8. Mix leisure with work: take breaks and get away when you can.
  9. Become more tolerant. Don’t be overly critical of yourself or others.
  10. Keep a list of things to do and stay focused on short-term accomplishments

Does your organization provide stress relieving activities? How do you cope with stress prevalent in PR, marketing, communications, or client services?


*Bio: Soon after graduating from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, in 2006 with a B.A. in communication and a B.S. in business/marketing, I joined the BurrellesLuce client services team. In 2008, I completed my master’s degree in corporate and organizational communications and now serve as Director of Client Services. I am passionate about researching and understanding the role of email in shaping relationships from a client relation/service standpoint as well as how miscommunication occurs within email, which was the topic of my thesis. Through my posts on Fresh Ideas, I hope to educate and stimulate thoughtful discussions about corporate communications and client relations, further my own knowledge on this subject area, as well as continue to hone my skills as a communicator. Twitter: @_LaurenShapiro_ LinkedIn: laurenrshapiro Facebook: BurrellesLuce

Tips for Improving Your Office Attitude!

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

by Jennifer Shtutman*

Smiling business people standing togetherWith the weather drawing colder and the days turning darker, it is clear the yearly phenomenon of the winter doldrums are setting in. People seem to be grouchier and the coffee isn’t working as well as it seemed to just two warm months ago.  With the layering of clothing, there also seems to be a layering of “attitude.” Like yawning, negative attitudes are certainly contagious. Personally, I have noticed that when I have a positive attitude it changes the attitudes of those around me.  

With these thoughts in mind, I have devised several ways that you too can be as “cheery” as possible through the next cold months:  

1. Bring in a box of goodies or a reasonably “healthy” sweet treat. This is one happiness inducer I always found that works on my team. Picking up some munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, for example, is inexpensive and low-maintenance; while at the same time can be a happy surprise for unexpected colleagues.  The treats are sweet enough to give a sugar boost, yet small enough not to cause guilt on our waistlines. 

2. Share positive feedback from clients. When someone gets a really great kudos, or congratulations on a good job, it is nice to show others that our hard work does not go unappreciated day in and day out. Sharing these feelings of good sentiment from our clients can be a great esteem boost for those around us. 

3. Develop an office support system. Whether you’re working in marketing, advertising, public relations or some other industry, developing relationships with team members can minimize stress and lets you know that those around you understand what you are going through.

4. Re-decorate!  Adding new flare and panache to your personal office space can help lift your spirits on those down and out days. Include photos of friends, family, and those people close to you who make you feel great inside. 

5. Place a candy bowl on your desk. This is one of my favorite ways to let my co-workers know I am  approachable, and that they can take snack break when needed. 

6. Keep your personal space organized and clean. You’ll feel as though you are more in control. Employees can gain an easy sense of satisfaction by keeping their things in order. Enhanced confidence and motivation will also stem from this simple change. 

7. Make friends at the office. It has been proven that the happiest people are those who can count on their colleagues as their friends. Finding people at the workplace, who you have a connection with, can really make a difference in your day to day experiences. Ask coworkers about their evenings and weekend plans, also about their families and life outside the office. Catching up on everyday life can lift spirits and help you look forward to coming to work.  Support through your coworkers can make anyone feel better!

As the winter months approach, what things do you do that enhance your day to day activities at the office?  How do you keep from layering on the attitude?  Please share your thoughts with me and the readers of BurrellesLuce Fresh Ideas.


*Bio: Jennifer Shtutman has been an Account Manager with the BurrellesLuce client services team since 2007.  She is passionate about all things media and enjoys hearing about the latest trends and technologies in our business.  Jenn is an avid writer and editor for the Fordham University academic journal, Perspectives, and is currently working towards her master’s from Fordham University. What she most enjoys about her profession is that she is in the business of keeping people happy. “I am all about maintaining a positive relationship with my clients, and helping them gain the most out of what BurrellesLuce has to offer.” Facebook: BurrellesLuce LinkedIn: Jennifer Shtutman Twitter: @BurrellesLuce