Stress is inevitable. But the debilitating strain of chronic work stress is not, even if you’re in an inherently stressful profession. In fact, learning to manage your stress is likely to improve your career, according to career coach Julie Jansen, the author of “You Want Me to Work With Who? Eleven Keys to a Stress-Free, Satisfying, and Successful Work Life–No Matter Who You Work With.”
While you probably can’t control layoffs or reorganizations, there are things you can control–and you should focus on those, says Diane Lang, a health and wellness counselor in New York City.
“I had a client who couldn’t leave her job at the moment because she was a single parent,” she said. “So we made a list of everything she could control and worked on the list.”
Such a list might include focusing on improving your own job performance and setting short- and long-term goals for changing jobs.
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