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  • Writer's pictureKyle Dammann

Conquering Workplace Stress - Becoming An Unsinkable Ship

A healthy workplace can be a fulfilling hub of community nourishment, profit and dreams achieved. How do so many workplaces become toxic, when most leaders (statistically speaking) are well-intentioned and honest? There is a lot to be said about the psychology of a leader, and how teams must be balanced for them to be effective and healthy. NOT JUST EFFECTIVE in a money sense. If you find yourself in an unhealthy workplace, it's important that you discern your truth, from the drama and disorganization of what is going on around you. My favorite analogy on this subject goes something like this: All of the water in the world can't sink a ship unless it gets on the inside, and this will help you do just that!

FACT: all stress is created FIRST in the mind.

You are the gatekeeper for stress to enter the body. 100% of the time.

You can't always control what happens outside, but you can always control your inner state.

Here's how:

Between any given event that "happens to you," there is a space.

A space between the event and your response to it.

If you can catch your response quickly, the body WILL NOT, CAN NOT react with a cortisol stress-response, because it hasn't been given the message to do so.


1. Recognize that most things that happen won't matter in a few hours from now, so don't give the short-sighted, or incompetent actions of others any more space in your head than you need to.

2. If it affects you, or your job, remember this first! You almost never have all the facts at the moment. Before you decide whether something is good or bad, at least pause and see if there is a beneficial angle here (at least for yourself.)

3. The fastest bypass the stress response is to take a big deep breath and hold it.

Do this three times, and your oxygenated mind will auto-magically become better at thinking the big picture. This will prevent you from saying or doing things to lower yourself to the level of the situation at hand.

Practice the awareness that you always have a choice before you respond and the quality of your response will improve.

If you find yourself in a state where you are stressed a lot, it's important to make changes because nothing is more important than your health.

Let me know if you need help making a new work or life-choice.

My team and I hire and train people to work in the new economy on a daily basis.

It's not always easy, but it's always worth it.

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