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Daily Buzz: Address the Small Things That Stress You Out

Your life likely has more micro-stressors than you realize

If you’re stressed during the day, you can probably point to some obvious contributing factors, such as a difficult project, demanding client or tough boss being difficult. But there might be more stressors in your daily routine than you even realize.

“The problem is that most of us have come to accept micro-stresses as just a normal part of a day. We hardly acknowledge them, but cumulatively they are wearing us down,” Rob Cross, Jean Singer, and Karen Dillon said in the Harvard Business Review. “And what’s worse is that the sources of these micro-stresses are often the people—in and out of work—with whom we are closest.”

To manage micro-stressors, Cross, Singer and Dillon suggest isolating and acting on two to three at a time, making it easier to find time and energy to vent.

“Micro-stressors create emotional build-up that needs to be released before you can think rationally about a constructive response. So the first step is to decompress—hit the pause button, close the laptop, and undertake an activity that is self-affirming," they wrote. 

Also, try to distance yourself from stress-creating people or things. To identify who is causing stress, take a step back and evaluate the relationships in your life—if someone is causing more stress than joy, create some separation.

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