Management Tip of the Day: Take steps to reduce toxic worry

Mon Feb 7, 2011 11:19am EST
 
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BOSTON (Reuters Life!) - Too much stress hinders productivity and can be downright dangerous to your health, but there are ways to address worry before it becomes toxic, says Harvard Business Review.

The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Some anxiety is an inevitable part of our lives, but in today's fast-paced world, it can become overwhelming. Too much stress hinders productivity and can be dangerous to your health. Here are three steps to address worry before it becomes toxic:

1. Don't worry alone. Talk to someone you trust -- a friend, partner, or colleague -- about your concerns. Sometimes just talking can be a relief, and your listener may provide some reassuring guidance.

2. Get the facts. Often a small problem can get blown out of proportion. Before you let worry consume you, get the facts. Find out what, and how big, the real problem is.

3. Let it go. When you can't do anything about the problem, give it up and forget about it. This may be easier said than done, but it is worth the conscious effort."

-Today's management tip was adapted from the Harvard ManageMentor Online Module, "Stress Management."

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