Cooling Stress Tips

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Be Fit! Visit www.cdc.govThis section of the USA Wellness Café offers quick advice to empower America’s Heroes. Each tip is approximately 50 words. Please forward our Cooling Stress Tips to your friends via phone or email, so they can help spread the news about the USA Wellness Café website.

We encourage you to memorize the advice in our tips and incorporate suggested changes into your daily life. Our goal in posting and sharing stress management education is to teach you how to find control measures -- while prompting you to invent your own! Stress management tips that really work are enjoyable to learn, because you can put them to work immediately.

All of our health and education articles, tips, learning modules, podcasts, and videos are good tools for helping you to acquire “core competencies” defined for VA Medical Centers nationwide. Visit the USA Wellness Café often to access new stress tips posting on a regular basis.

Reducing Stress with a Supervisor

By Jeff T. Dyar and Emma H. Hopson, RN
(Co-authors of Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress/Pearson)

If tension is rising between you and your supervisor, avoid taking it personally. Stress usually comes from bad situations versus anyone with poor intentions. Focus on doing your job extremely well, which should reduce irritations affecting the two of you. When things feel calmer, tell your supervisor: “Let me know if we need to talk about my responsibilities.”

Ivory Tower Stress Tips

By Ted Hagen, PhD
(Coumnist, McClatchy Tribune Wire)

We’ve all heard it can be lonely at the top. If you’re the new EMS County Coordinator or hospital CEO, you can’t rant and rave casually anymore. Instead, make friends at your level via social media or at conferences who all live a good distance away. Call them for a private chat (skipping email which can go public) about what’s bugging you.

911 Marriage Stress

By Judi Hopson
(Executive Director, USA Wellness Café)

Most couples will hit a rough spot occasionally. But, don’t panic if somebody’s yelled, “I want a divorce!” Stay calm and let tension fade. Next, try talking about the problems from your mate’s perspective first. Then, clearly put forth a solution, if possible, that will work for both of you.

Staying Calm in a Crisis

By Emma H. Hopson, RN
(Co-author, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress/Pearson)

The crazier things are, the calmer you must be. Speak and act with as little emotion as possible. Otherwise, you’ll push all of the wrong buttons or do something foolish. Inch toward solutions, so you can think clearly and make wise choices. People will respect you, too, if you exude calmness under pressure.

Coping With Depression

By Ted Hagen, PhD
(Columnist, McClatchy Tribune Wire)

Evaluate your thinking patterns to find any roots of depression. Try switching hopeless thoughts to more logical, balanced ones. For example, change “my patients are driving me nuts” to “I focus on each patient and let the bad stuff go.” While medication may be required for your depression, your thoughts will affect body chemistry in a very major way.

Helping a Friend in Crisis Mode

By Jeff Dyar
(Co-author, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress/Pearson)

If a friend discusses thoughts of suicide or hopelessness, offer to meet and help the person diffuse. Your listening to his/her tension will help the other person feel your support. Next, help your friend come up with just a couple of minor decisions/choices that could improve stressful problems by a fraction. Offer to help find a counselor, too.

Reversing Workplace Blues

By Judi Hopson
(Executive Director, USA Wellness Café)

Stress overload for a long time period leads to burnout and feeling blue. What’s wrong? Too much work and too little reward from it! Focus on a couple of activities you could do outside of work, like studying guitar or planning a monthly camping trip with friends. Any job becomes boring without fun things to look forward to.

Managing Intense Anger

By Ted Hagen, PhD
(Columnist, McClatchy Tribune Wire)

As a medical professional, you might occasionally fantasize about bopping a co-worker or patient on the forehead! If so, you’re human. Keep in mind that frustration -- which builds up more when you’re not taking good care of yourself -- mushrooms into intense anger. Ask, "What do I need? How can I take better care of myself?"

Put the Brakes on an Argument

By Emma H. Hopson, RN and Ted Hagen, PhD
(Co-columnists for McClatchy Tribune Wire)

Verbal fights can escalate quickly, especially if you’re upset with someone already. Or, conversely, maybe the other person is ticked at you! To stop an argument, find something agreeable to say quickly. Or, state your willingness to harmonize. Say, for example, "I can understand your frustration. That mistake is unacceptable." If all else fails, say: "I’m sure we can figure this out."

Self-Care in a Fast-Moving World

By Judi Hopson
(Executive Director, USA Wellness Café)

You may be pulled in so many directions, your hair practically combs itself! Your head is whipping as family and co-workers demand more. Be sure to define boundaries for yourself before you have your 19th nervous breakdown. Create a quiet spot in your house to read, put lotion on your feet, or listen to music. Visit this quiet zone once or twice a day. Create at least two small daily rituals at work, such as taking a 5-minute walk on your lunch break or having afternoon coffee at 2 p.m.