in medical settings need specific work/life skills. If
you are a typical healthcare worker, you will absorb
stress from at least these three areas:
lowering your stress, try to acquire one or two stress
management skills per week. Build your set of stress
reduction skills over time.
Here are three simple tips that
can produce life- changing results:
Monitor your voice tone. How you speak to others will
affect your own emotional well- being.
example, talk to your spouse and children in assertive,
but friendly, ways. Your goal is to gain more
sensitive issues worse.
A nurse we’ll call Vicky
confesses she often yells at her teenage son for leaving
dishes in the sink. “I sound like a terrorist,” laughs
A better approach: Vicky needs to
stay calm and voice a
if the dishes aren’t done. For example, Vicky might tell
her son, “If I come home to a sink full of dishes, you
will be grounded on Saturday night.”
better instructions. Enlist and empower others, when
you take the lead when problems arise by painting clear,
workable options for others.
example, if you’re tired of your spouse never coming up
with plans for fun, offer him or her some desirable
choices. State that you’d like to see a certain movie or
go to community theatre next time you’re off from work.
complaining will probably get you nowhere. Some spouses
are not gifted at planning recreation or fun. So, paint
clear pictures of choice and ask your spouse to choose.
This gives both you and your spouse some control.
your support system of people. Fine- tune to strengthen
in your closest circle of life—friends, family, doctor,
hairdresser, baby sitter, auto mechanic, co-workers—
constitute support needed to run your life productively.
this: Do you need to get a different doctor,
hairdresser, or babysitter to make your personal life
easier or more productive? Having undependable or
inappropriate people in your support system can weaken
your ability to have a quality life.