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Feeling stressed? Relax and breathe your cares away!

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We can’t avoid stress but we can learn to counteract it! Relaxation can help to relieve the symptoms of  stress. It can help you calm down and take a step back from a stressful situation . This is particularly important, if you find yourself frequently in situations that make you feel angry or frustrated.  When you feel like that you certainly don’t perform well. Nor can you respond to others in a positive way.  Using a simple relaxation technique will not remove the cause of your anxiety.  But it should help you deal with it in a more constructive way. You can act once you have released the tension in your body and cleared your thoughts. Most relaxation techniques combine breathing more deeply with relaxing your muscles. Don't worry if you find it difficult to relax at first. It's a skill that needs to be learned. It will come with practice. Practise for three to five minutes, two to three times a day! You can use this technique whenever you feel the need to c

You've lost your job - what happens next? Starting project you!

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Most of us loose confidence when we lose a job.   It’s not just about losing the income but it affects your image of yourself!   Many of us value ourselves based on our work.   For many of us work is the place where we spend the most of our waking life.   It’s often where we find our friends and make our major achievements.   So when we lose a job we feel we lose part of ourselves and we grieve for it. But you can get over it – just like any grief.   You are much more than your job and your real friends and family value you for much more than your salary even when they are dependent upon it. Now is the time to go to work on anew project and that new is very special because it is you! Here are some points for you to consider! Understand this happened If you have been made redundant then remember it’s not personal – you were just unlucky! Plus it makes you part of a very large and growing club.   If you lost your job for other reasons then make sure you understand why and learn fro

Congratulations, you have been invited for an interview – now what?

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B eing in a job you don’t like is a major cause of unhappiness.  Having no job at all can cause a huge amount of misery.  So when you do get the opportunity to go for an interview, you want to do your best.  Don’t lose out because you did not do your home work!  Here are some tips from the Business Balls Website to help you on the way!   1.         Research as much as you can about the company – products, services, markets, competitors, trends, current activities, priorities. 2.        Prepare your answers for the type of questions you’ll be asked, especially, be able to say why you want the job, what your strengths are, how you’d do the job, what your best achievements are. 3.        Prepare  good questions to ask at the interview – ask about the job priorities and scope, the organisation and think of ways to make a difference or an improvement 4.        Related to the above, request a copy of the company’s employment terms and conditions or employee handbook before t

Feeling Stressed at Work - Four Steps to Better Work Boundaries

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Setting boundaries at work can help to prevent you feeling stressed and exhausted.  It allows you to do better work instead of spreading yourself too thin.  Heather's article below advises you on how to go about saying no to the extra pressure! Four Steps to Better Work Boundaries by Heather Boerner, for Yahoo! HotJobs Want to advance your career? Saying “no” may be the key. “It’s wonderful to be the go-to person to a point — until you find you’re totally overwhelmed, exhausted, resentful and in a time crunch,” said Susan Newman, author of “The Book of No: 250 Ways to Say It — And Mean It and Stop People-Pleasing Forever.” “Setting workplace boundaries means you will be doing better work and not spreading yourself all over the lot.” Here’s how to get there: 1. Track your yeses. You can’t set a boundary you don’t know you have, so watch yourself for a week, Newman said. Where do you say “yes”? Do you agree to lunch with that coworker on the day of a major presentation? Do you