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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Handling job stress

Did you just snap at your co-worker? Must be job stress. Leadership trainer Linda O'Connor says job stress surfaces first in our emotions, then as physical symptoms. Coaches try to help leaders figure out their individual signs of stress.
There is a correlation between job stress, how much you work, and your health. Check out these grim statistics: People who work more than 50 hours a week are nearly 30 percent more likely to report having high blood pressure than people who work less than full time, according to the survey of 24,000 working Californians.
Baker said the health problems associated with long workdays can also be attributed to the byproducts of working overtime -- less sleep, less exercise and more trips to the vending machines.
Women who work long hours and suffer job stress particularly are at risk. Only 13 percent of women think heart disease is a threat to their health, a statistic the Sister to Sister: Everyone Has A Heart Foundation is trying to change as it reaches out to female executives at a breakfast in Miami on Friday. The breakfast will be at Ola Steakhouse at Merrick Park in Coral Gables at 8 a.m. For women who would like to get their companies involved, the National Women's Heart Day Health Fair is Feb. 17 at the Radisson in downtown Miami. For more information go to
Here are tips from Miami fitness guru Matt Pack of Impack Total Fitness and leadership coach Linda O'Connor of Farifax, Va. for managing stress:
* Take a deep breath or two when you're anxious.
* Set a reminder on your computer to stretch throughout the workday.
* Take a break from multi-tasking. Do a common activity slowly with focused attention.
* Stay positive and say, ``I can deal with this.''
* Make a conscious decision not to stress over something you can't make different.
* Aim for eight hours of sleep a night.
* Identify the feelings that signal an oncoming "stressed" condition and then develop methods to deal with these emotions


Anonymous Hilda said...

Hi Cindy:

This column on heart disease is so important. Every woman I know is consumed with work and/or family obligations, plus kids, finances and such. Your suggestions, including getting enough sleep, is good advice for today's hectic lifestyle, but few of us heed the warnings.

Sister to Sister: Everyone Has a Heart Foundation is all about having information in order to make better decisions for ourselves, our families, and our employees or companies. I'd like to encourage all your readers to log onto for details on the National Woman's Heart Day Health Fair next February 17th at the Radisson Downtown.

At the Fair, women over age 18 can get free heart-health screenings and counseling on their individual risks. We will also hold simultaneous workshops in English, Spanish and Creole on health, nutrition, and other topics. All these activities are free.

Debbie Nathanson was a role model to many. Let's hope that her untimely and sad death is a wake-up call to more of us to take better care of ourselves. All of us need to take a deep breath and TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES so that we can continue taking care of everyone and everything else.

Thanks for helping to keep us focused on all the pertinent topics of the day. Looking forward to next week's column!


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