STRESS TIPS AT WORKIf you dreaded returning to the daily grind after the holiday break, or if you’d justlike a little help reducing stress in the workplace, here are some wise, wonderful, andvery simple tips for working differently and with more joy.1. Take your positive values to work. Often the values we associate withconscious living--behaving in a kind, loving, and patient manner--are left behindwhen we leave the house for work in the morning. While you’re still at home, callyour voice mailbox at work and leave a message that will help you start off on theright foot when you listen to it at your desk. Perhaps you’ll want to remind yourselfof a different value to focus on each day, such as cooperation, humility, or gratitude.2. Keep inspiration close at hand. Keep a copy of an inspirational article or a bookof inspirational quotes near your computer. Reach for it while you wait for files todownload or programs to boot up.3. Work soft. We’re encouraged to work hard but too much effort can becounterproductive. We may work too hard at the expense of our ability to thinkclearly, to be in touch with our intuition, or to operate in a relaxed and efficientmanner. Each time the phone or fax machine rings, use it as a reminder to relaxyour shoulders and breathe deeply. Soften your focus as you sink back into yourbody.4. Clear work clutter. Apply some principles of feng shui to your workstation. Takea good look at the items that are in your field of vision. Clear the clutter from yourbulletin boards and desktop. Take down old pictures, cartoons, or anything else thatno longer supports your sense of prosperity and well-being.5. Bring home to work. Work doesn’t necessarily end when you leave the office.More and more people now bring work home. Why not also bring your home (yourmindful state) to work? Anytime you find yourself waiting for a meeting, a printout,or a fax, drop into the present moment. Sit in your chair and become conscious ofyour breathing. Feel your feet touching the floor, your thighs resting on the seat.Make sure your back is supported and your shoulders are relaxed. Submerge asdeeply into this moment as you can. don’t plan or think. Just be.