Get along with people. Low-stress employees usually create smooth working relationships with practically everyone. To do this, find things you have in common and act friendly with absolutely everybody from the president down to the janitors.

Always be diplomatic and tactful. Never act impatient nor angry regardless of how you feel Expressing anger in your workplace results in direct or subtle retaliation, which surely increases stress.

Learn what is expected of you. Find out exactly what is expected from you by the two most important people: Your (a) boss and (b) boss’s boss. These two people will make or break your career, and greatly affect your stress level. When you meet their expectations you simultaneously can get ahead plus decrease a possible cause of stress.

Be a team player with your boss and co-workers. Team players express gratitude to others, and receive less grief than employees who seem rebellious or act like loners.

Give 3 compliments each day at work. People love receiving compliments, and they will make your life easier. Reason: You made them feel good with a compliment. They will remember your compliment when you ask for a favor.

Write a daily “to-do” list. Each day before leaving work, write a list of what you need to do the next work day. That quick organizing helps prevent you feeling overwhelmed by tasks you need to do.

Keep a neat desk or work space. You do not need obsessive-compulsive neatness. For example, my desk is covered with a lot of papers. But, I keep a 2-foot X 2-foot space to use only for work I am doing at that moment.

Exercise at least a little every day. Any movement or exercise helps. Even a 10-minute walk helps. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the far end of the parking lot.

People bottle-up emotional tension in their muscles. By exercising a little, you release emotional and physical stress. Then, you will feel more clear-headed when you encounter a stressful situation.

De-employ yourself consider changing jobs. If the above tips do not help you, then you might want to find a new job. Remember the wise saying: “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

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