Manage yourself: Ways to reduce incivility, which leads to stress
Examine your own behavior to see if you are contributing to civility or incivility
Don’t listen to or tolerate gossip or rumors
Encourage others not to jump to conclusions
Go out of your way to say thank-you
Encourage acts of kindness
Manage your work environment
No multi-tasking: For important efforts, devote time solely to that effort and have no distractions. No e-mail or texts, no web surfing. Try music, especially classical, if it works for you.
Schedule quiet time: Human brains get tired with constant effort and fatigued brains do not learn as well as rested brains that have had a chance to decompress and be quiet. Quiet time allows the brain to re-set. As little as 5 minutes can help you recharge. Schedule 5 minutes in the am and pm to re-set.
Re-connect with Nature
Do whatever you normally do inside – outside. Dine on the patio, pay bills on the porch, have meetings outside, go for a walk with a colleague outside. Stimulates the brain and decreases stress.
Look out a window and take a few deep breaths.
Build Strong, Positive Relationships
Negative interactions cause immediate changes in stress sensitive hormones. If you won’t care about this moment in 5 years, don’t get negative about it now.
Get back to the "you" who thinks clearly and laughs freely; clear the stress pathways