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Maintain a good diet, get some sleep and be prepared to evaluate relationships, a CWFL professional staff member advises

Andrea Bardack of CWFL

As the demands of work and home life impact individuals, many may want to find ways to cope with stre ss.

In a recent Gallup Poll survey of employees, 80 percent said they feel stress on the job; nearly 50 percent expressed a need to learn how to manage stress; and 42 percent felt their co-workers needed help in managing stress.

“Everyone is affected by stress differently,” said Andrea Bardack, a licensed clinical social worker and staff member at the USC Center for Work & Family Life.

“Identify what you normally do,” Bardack said. “Are there alternative ways to do it?”

Beyond the practical steps that involve better eating habits along with more sleep and exercise, Bardack said it is helpful to keep track of meals. Staying hydrated is also important for stress management, as dehydration can cause loss of focus and fatigue.

“Physical cues get mixed up – we might think we are hungry when we are actually thirsty,” Bardack said. “Something as simple as water [64 ounces a day] and a healthy snack can help improve our disposition.”

Keeping a journal is another way to maintain a balanced perspective. “Write down what’s stressing you out. Get it out of your head and onto paper,” she said.

Relationships also should be reevaluated, she explained, as difficult people in one’s lives can provide more stress than support and happiness.

by Andrea Bardack, LCSW
Professional Staff at CWFL

For information on stress reduction, call the USC Center for Work & Family Life at (213) 821-0800

Click here to view a pamphlet on Stress Management, prepared by the professional staff of CWFL.

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