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Wake up. Stretch. Get your bearings and stretch again. Walk to the kitchen and put up some coffee (thank goodness for Keurig!). Walk to the bathroom and wash up for the day. The beginning of each morning is the same every day. The day begins the same and ends the same. It’s what happens in between waking up and bedtime that defines who and what we are. One line from The Mary Tyler Moore Show tried to sum this up. When Mary says she’s bored with her life, her crusty boss Lou Grant tells her, “We’re born, we die and everything in between is just filler.”
What happens in between can be stressful at times. I wake up feeling happy in the morning. This time of year – springtime - brings sounds of birds outside of my window and lawnmowers cutting lawns on our street (somehow that sound, to me, signals warmer weather is here, something I look forward to all winter long) an...
Work stress seems to be a fact of life and there are no shortage of people willing to advise you how best to deal with it. The fact that people write whole books on the subject is testament to just how big an issue work stress has become, but how many of us have the time or inclination to wade through them?
A lot of stress is cumulative. That is, those irritating little things build up to a point where eventually something has to give. So, what are the little things we can do as a counter-measure and that we know are effective stress busters? Here's a few thoughts on the matter.
Choose your battles . Conflict is stressful but let's face it, if you took on everyone who pressed your buttons you'd never get your job done. One of the ways you can feel you have a little control is to pick off the small irritations and deal with those in a firm but fair way.
Use your breaks . Don't sit at your desk over lunch. Breaks are there for a reason. Get up, move around...
Medications Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) venlafaxine (Effexor, generic), are the primary first-line treatment for anxiety disorders. For patients who are not helped by these drugs or who need help rapidly, benzodiazepines may be prescribed, either alone or in combination with an antidepressant. Other types of antidepressants, including tricyclic antidepressants, may also be used to treat patients with severe or chronic forms of anxiety disorders. Drug therapies for anxiety disorders work best in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy or some other form of psychotherapy. Antidepressants Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac, generic), sertraline (Zoloft, generic), paroxetine (Paxil, generic), fluvoxamine (Luvox, generic), citalopram (Celexa, generic), and escitalopram (Lexapro). SSRIs can cause agitation, nausea, and diarrhea. Sexual dysfunction, including lowered...
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