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Mar 29 2013
Just Breathe
By: Duc Abrahamson Category: Alumni


Just … Breathe.

Stress is a staple for alums: some are immersed in tax season; others are managing a large account or getting a start-up business off the ground. Still others are balancing work and personal life while getting that second Walsh degree.

Unmanaged stress can wreak havoc on your physical and mental well-being. It can leave you angry and depressed. Try some of these easy tips when you feel stressed in the workplace.

 Stress Management

Simply breathe.

Take deep, slow breaths in through the nose and out through your mouth while you sit at your desk. The breathing will calm your heart rate and reduce stress. Arching your back can increase your lung capacity and release the stress in your shoulders and neck.

Break it down … before you break down.

Break down large responsibilities into smaller, quickly achievable tasks. This satisfies your instant gratification needs and moves you toward progress. Engaging alumni is a large part of my responsibilities as the Alumni & Student Relations manager at Walsh College. Instead of “engaging alumni,” I break it down to quickly achievable tasks: write a blog that will help alumni; interview Scott Calka of the Detroit Tigers for April’s Applauding Alumni; mention the great and fun opportunities to get involved by volunteering on a Walsh College Alumni Association committee in the blog. Check, check, and check.

What’s for lunch?

Skipping lunch will not help you get ahead on work when lack of proper nutrition and not giving your brain a chance to regroup decreases productivity in the afternoon. You need to get up and walk around the office building or use the stairs. Simple exercise will help the flow of oxygen throughout your body and leave you feeling recharged.

Add oranges to your lunch. Vitamin C reduces stress and boosts your immune system. Remember to eat small meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels stable; blood sugar drops can affect your mental focus and increase stress.

“Hello, God? It’s me, Duc.”

Whether you do or do not believe in a Higher Power, prayer, reflection, or meditation have their benefits. While you are taking the deep, slow breaths at your desk, take five minutes and make a mental list of what you are grateful for. This will do wonders for your day.

‘Stress Buster’ tips from fellow alumni and Walsh College students.

  • Exercise or go to the gym: 45 minutes on the treadmill can do wonders.
  • Find a friend at work — someone who understands and can empathize with your situation.
  • Do something nice for someone else. Read Walsh’s ‘90 Random Acts of Kindness.’
How do you deal with stress at work?  Calmly share your comments below.


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Brenda Meller April 3, 2013 at 01:00 pm

Excellent tips, Duc!

Shelia Samuels April 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

A good stress reliever for me is to look at a pleasant picture on my desk. I have a calendar with pictures of nature. Focusing on something scenic can be relaxing for me.

Colleen Schmerheim August 22, 2013 at 01:29 pm

Expanding technology in our 24/7 global marketplace fuels workplace stress. Try to maintain a healthy work/life balance by turning the work cell off in the evenings- starting the day rested and refreshed will help you manage workday stress and put you on top of your game.

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