“Take Your Stress to Work” Day

“Take Your Stress to Work” Day

The 4th Thursday of each April more than 37 million Americans at more than 3.5 million workplaces participate in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work” Day.  This has been occurring for 21 years according to Carolyn McKuen, President of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.    She offers some strategies to do before this date.  I also compared the “take your stress to work” day strategies along with stress solutions.

Now let’s see what happens when we “Take Your Stress to Work” day.

 

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1-Plan the day ahead of time to assure a positive memorable event. 

 

1-Plan the day ahead of time to assure a positive day as possible.

 

Exercise before stress occurs – meaning on a regular basis.

 

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2 – Seek advice from others who have taken a child to work.

 

2 – Seek advice from others who seem to be calm with most if not all situations; good, bad and really stressful days.

 

Ask advice on how they have overcome the “bring your stress to work”.  What behaviors, thoughts and actions do they do differently than you?  How did they learn this?

 

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3 – Talk to employer and colleagues about what’s planned for the day.

 

3 – Keep a calendar and to do list and review and update daily.

 

Based on your assignments, responsibilities and deadlines, maintain a calendar for meetings and appointments.

Maintain and update a to-do list that makes sense to you.

Update in the evening and morning as closing out the day and starting a new day.

 

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4 – Invite children other than your own.

 

4 – STOP taking others’ stress and making it yours to fix or worry. Don’t take the monkey! 

Allow others to deal with their own stress.  Be helpful as a mentor but not an enabler.

We create a barrier for the individual to learn new and different approaches to stress if we always provide answers or handle for them.

Taking others’ stress as our own – whether fixing or not for them – becomes a way of life.

 

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5 – Lay out the ground rules.

 

5 – Lay out the ground rules. Define rules for yourself about how you choose to deal with the stress and then enforce them with thoughts, words, and actions.

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6 – Introduce your child to your colleagues.

 

6 – Introduce your stress management tools to your colleagues.

 

Choose to let go of the stress using tried and true strategies and tips

Examples:

Manage your stress filters (e.g. level of control, accountability).

Manage your stress reactions (aka coping with the inevitable).

Monitor your daily energy level.

Evaluate these items to take appropriate and successful actions.

Apply personal energy management tips.

NOTE:  Many of these stress strategies will be clarified in next month’s newsletter.

 

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7 – Make it real.

 

7 – Make it real. Problem solve as you are your own best friend; talk to yourself as if you are a 4-year old.

What solutions can you brainstorm?

Define the stress and examine your reactions.  Is the stress real or are you looking too far ahead or in the past?

Are the reactions exaggerated based on your past experiences?

 

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8 – Expose your children to new things each year.

 

8 – Apply different stress management methods and use what works for you.

 

Examine and implement new and healthy responses to stress regardless of the workload and situations.

 

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9 – Make your stress comfortable.

 

9 – Avoid making stress a normal way of life. Choose to fill your days to build the life that you need/want

– Dream board

– Thoughts

– Reactions

– It’s always a choice.

 

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10 – Don’t ignore the children; give them your full attention.

 

10 – Choose how to respond to your stress. Choose to change your lifestyle where Donnie Downers and Stressed Out Shirley’s are not your normal days but exceptions.

Be a navigator through the stress.

 

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11 – Be positive about your children’s experiences.

 

11 – Know what you need/want out of your life.

 

Focus on the things you need – not trying to get others to change for you.

Create a “dream board” (magazine pics, quotes, etc.).  Place in an area you will see every day as a reminder of what is important to you.  Look for positive situations and reactions to celebrate at the end of the day.

 

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12 – Contact your child’s teacher. 12 – Look within at what is causing you stress.

 

Identify triggers that jump into the rabbit hole of stress.

Identify healthy stress factors.

 

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13 – Teacher can give students a related assignment about their experiences.

 

13 – Evaluate your reactions and responses to stress. Our words and behaviors are our choice…choose them well.

Be prepared with thoughts, words, and actions before the stress.

 

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14 – Reflect on the day with your child at work.

 

14 – Reflect on how your stress is serving you. Stress isn’t always bad and is not the enemy.

Reflect on how stress encourages you to get the important completed and resolved.

 

Just as we plan ahead and get prepared to “Take Our Child to Work” day, it is wise to plan ahead and prepare to meet stress at work.  It’s not “if” stress will occur, it’s “are you ready” when stress comes to work.  Consider these strategies for choosing to deal with stress differently for your health, for your success at work, and for your family.

Additional stress information will be forthcoming next month with behavior descriptions.

For more information, contact Shirley at Learning Alliances Company, LLC at 217-935-0209 (o) or 217-433-6209 (m).

 

 

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