Monday, September 17, 2012
The Panda Bear on her Office Forest and 3 Stress Management Rules
The Panda Bear has started a plant collection on her desk. A recent office move has given the Panda Bear more desk space. She and other office workers have started to decorate the office with plants to make it prettier. The Panda Bear has put a lot of different plants on her desk. When people come up to her desk and ask her if she wants to create a forest on her desk, the Panda Bear says yes; her goal is to make her desk a beautiful garden of tropical plants. On her computer at work, she listens to recordings of forest sounds. The goal for the Panda Bear is that whenever, she is stressed or bored at work she can look at her plants and pretend she is in the woods. She spends forty hours a week at that desk. She feels her desk should be beautiful.
The Panda Bear has found this link about how stressful jobs are today. The Panda Bear has learned to better deal with job stress. All of Panda Bear’s jobs have been high volume/high stress jobs. Here are some general tips the Panda Bear has found useful in dealing with all kinds of stress both work and personal
1) Stress is a fairly universal problem of modern times. As individuals we all have to find a way to deal with stress. Many factors that cause stress in modern times are out of an individual’s control. You are only one individual and can only be expected to do so much.
2) Stress is not a helpful reaction. It does not help getting things done. In fact, the Panda Bear slows down under stress. Stress simply creates psychological and physical wear on the person. It can lead to health problems. If one gets sick from stress, one accomplishes nothing.
3) No one cares if you are stressed out. Maybe because it is such a common condition but when someone complains about stress it can sound like whining. No one has changed anything or modified any practice for the Panda Bear because she has complained about stress. It is up to the individual to learn how to cope with stress and find ways to relax. Often ways of reducing stress for individuals will be unpopular with others because it may mean curbing certain activities to reduce one’s stress load. However, the Panda Bear believes that dealing with stress involves learning self care skills since modern American society does not provide people with much opportunity to relax.