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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work – A Stress Healing Book

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work is a book about the many unpleasant situations we face on a day-to-day basis in our work lives, that can easily translate into stress. Like bureaucracies, deadlines, bad meetings, criticism, unrealistic demands, an egocentric boss, traffic jams in our commutes to work, just to name a few. And making us see how it’s in our best interest not to let these things — ‘small stuff’ — get to us, so we can keep our energy for the more serious work-related issues.

We do have a choice over how to react and deal with these potential stressful situations. But are we even aware that we are the ones who blow some of these issues out of proportion? The author Richard Carlson makes us take a step back and teaches us how to approach this ‘small stuff’ in a much calmer way.

He covers 100 examples of stress factors we may face in our different work environments — with concrete advice on how to deal with them. Often suggesting we use our wisdom instead of the usual knee-jerk reactions. Each of us is bound to realize that some of the things that bug us at work are actually just ‘small stuff’ and not worth getting all hyper about.

You’ll find tips on how to deal with numerous phone calls, how to make the best of boring meetings, how to accept facts you cannot change, how to back off when facing a problem, and many more valuable suggestions.  Allowing you to learn how to put things in perspective by making some of the small daily changes he proposes.

What I Liked About the Book …

  • It reads like a book of short stories — 100 very short chapters of about 2-3 pages maximum. So you can easily cover a couple of chapters when you have a few minutes to spare.
  • Its relevance to address our hurried, stress-filled life.
  • How some of the tips also lead us to being more appreciated by our coworkers and managers.
  • The fact that reading this book actually made me feel calmer.
  • If I implement just a few of the suggestions Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work provides, I know it will ease some of the stress in my life.

I definitely give Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work a 4 ⭐️ out of 5.

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