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Friday Report ~ May 15, 2015

Chill out - “It’s Tuesday afternoon, I have two conferences this week that will keep me out of the office for the next 3 days and consume most of my productive hours on the computer, and I have no idea what my topic is for this week’s blog.”

That thought ran through my head as I sat at my desk beginning to feel the early stages of panic and stress creeping in. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” was coming from the radio and Mick Jagger was not helping the situation. I realized that I had worked right through lunch yesterday and the “to do” list was not getting any shorter. I was suddenly in full stress mode.

When we get to this point, some folks crumble and others work best under pressure. Luckily for me, I tend to rise to the occasion. But that doesn’t mean I want to feel the stress and pressure that comes from being overwhelmed. We all feel stress, it’s a completely natural reaction and as I mentioned, often motivating. But what level is right for you? More importantly, what happens when it becomes too much?

There are many things we can do to alleviate the stress, but much of it is preventative. Simple things like, eating right and getting some daily exercise are best to help prevent the buildup of stress in the first place. Other things like Yoga, Meditation or simply selecting the right radio station on the way home (turn off the news and crank up some classic Bon Jovi) will go a long way if you are already stressed.

One of the most productive ways to reduce stress is to simply remove the causes of the stress. Unhealthy work environments, relationships or other issues can be major stress causing situations and you should look to extricate yourself from these whenever possible.

Considering that the writing of this blog this week was causing stress, I will take my own advice and wrap it up quickly and encourage you to attend our “Stress Management 101” seminar being hosted by our Cynergy young professional group on May 28th at Bangor Savings Bank.