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You are attending a lunch and learn session on stress reduction in the workplace. In order to prepare yourself for this meeting write a paragraph explaining how you would reduce stress at work. Why do you believe this approach would be successful?

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1. You are attending a lunch and learn session on stress reduction in the workplace. In order to prepare yourself for this meeting write a paragraph explaining how you would reduce stress at work. All executives encounter turmoil in their careers. Perhaps it's a merger, a change in top management or a feeling they're about to be fired. Whether an executive or an employee of the executive, one choice we all face in these circumstances is how to deal with stress. Will it consume us, or will we overcome it?

I would learn how to relax and take control of my emotions more effectively. Harvard physician Herbert Benson pioneered the meditative technique called the "relaxation response" in the US in the 1970s. The technique has gained acceptance by physicians and therapists worldwide as a valuable adjunct to therapy for symptom relief in conditions ranging from cancer to AIDS. When our bodies are exposed to a sudden stress or threat, we respond with a characteristic "fight or flight" response. This is sometimes called an "adrenaline rush" Because the hormones epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine are released from the adrenal glands, resulting in an increase in blood pressure and pulse rate, faster breathing, and increased blood flow to the muscles. The relaxation response is a technique designed to elicit the opposite bodily reaction from the "fight or flight" response -- a state of deep relaxation in which our breathing, pulse rate, blood pressure, and metabolism are decreased. Training our bodies on a daily basis to achieve this state of relaxation can lead to enhanced mood, lower blood pressure, and reduction of lifestyle stress (10 to 20 minutes of breathing exercises, relaxation tapes, etc.). The relaxation response technique consists of the silent repetition of a word, sound, or phrase while sitting quietly with eyes closed for 10 to 20 minutes. This should be done in a quiet place free of distractions. Sitting is preferred to lying down in order to avoid falling asleep. Relax your muscles starting with the feet and progressing up to your face. Breathe though your nose in a free and natural way (http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=46268).

Now that you are relaxed, here are 10 strategies for controlling stress in your work life:

1. Start with your next thought ("I am going to learn from this")
Viktor Frankl's concentration camp experience, described in his 1959 masterpiece, "Man's Search For Meaning," shows that no matter how desperate our circumstance, we choose our attitude toward it. We shape this attitude with each thought. Had I believed "This merger stinks," I probably would ...

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