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Some years ago, I was making videos for an organization with a huge campaign about end-of-life care (palliation, hospice, Living Wills, etc.) They made a large contribution to the field by getting a Los Angeles film professional to serve as liaison with the television and motion picture industry. This man made certain that producers knew to come to him to get correct information about end-of-life care. When AJ Soprano revealed his battle with depression on television, I wasn’t there to watch, but I applaud the notion that we’re no longer afraid to show mental illness on TV, and that – occasionally – whether through advisory groups or other media, we can get it “right.” If Soprano takes his Lexapro, and Joe and Jane Doe take their Prozac or other anti-depressants, we may have a chance to both educate the public and help palliate depression. On a related note, those who were watching HOUSE on Fox Network last night would have noticed that they seemed to have been working in tandem with T...
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...
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