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You need to aware of the toll stress takes on your body.

Untreated chronic stress can result in anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.

Baum, 1999

Step back. Tale a deep breath. Explore your options. Ask for help. Build a plan.

We make 2 appraisals of every threat - first, the immediate risks we think the situation presents; and then the options we view at our diposal to manage the risks.

Lyons, 2012

Use stress to focus and summon your best attributes to rise to the occasion.

Stress can sometimes be a positive, motivating force that can improve the quality of our lives.

Selye, 1976

Make the best use out of the resources you DO have.

Optimists tend to focus on the positive aspects of negative situations.

Affleck, Tennen & Apter, 2001

Be positive. Remind yourself of the things you can feel good about.

Resilient people cultivate positive emotions in themselves and in those around them.

Demos, 1989

When limited resources are available, take advantage of what you do best.

Emphasize individuals' skillsets and abilities; this will enhance feelings of self-efficacy, confidence, and expectations of success.

Eden, 2003

Remember: there's likely resources that simply aren't apparent to you yet!

The way we appraise a challenging situation determines the stress we feel.

Everly & Lating, 2002

Watch how others are leveraging the resources at their disposal.

Seeing a coworker succeed in a task can boost knowledge, confidence, and self-efficacy in related tasks. Visual learning and vicarious experience are most effective for peers and similar others.

Bandura, 1997


CHALLENGES: merger, acquisition, new job, new boss, job offer REACTIONS: uncertainty, fear, anxiety RESEARCH: Psychologists view uncertainty as an uncomfortable lack of information (e.g., Hogg, 2000; Weary & Edwards, 1996). We need information to feel in control (Berlyne, 1960; Imada & Nageishi, 1982; Inglis, 2000). TIPS: Think back – before all the good things that have happened in […]



SITUATIONS: merger, acquisition, new job, new boss, job offer EMOTIONS: uncertainty, fear SCIENCE: Anxiety, depression and uncertainty are closely related. Anxiety is a feeling of dread about the future (Baumeister, Vohs, Aaker & Garbinsky, 2013). When we anticipate harm or danger, we get anxious (Clark, Beck & Brown, 1989). The main sources of depression are failure […]


Help Your Co-Workers

TRY THIS: Help your peers by giving positive input and advice. DO NOT be negative! Some issues are hard to solve at first, but can become easier after getting tips from skilled peers. Helping others benefits everyone at a job. RESEARCH SAYS: Helping is needed at jobs for efficiency, flexibility, learning, and innovation. The help of […]


Help Everyone, Not Just a Few

TRY THIS: Help everyone that needs it, not just the people that you like. Being helpful can foster trust between peers and make it known that help is always available if you ask. Not only does this give you a chance to refine your skills, but can also create a healthier work culture! RESEARCH SAYS: Workers […]