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Ask Dr. Karen - June 22

Dr. Karen,
How can I stop being so reactive to colleagues’ comments and behaviors? 
(Many requests for variations on this theme)
 

Answer:

Reactions occur first in our bodies.  We first have to attend to our physical state which has a major impact on our body tension.  Here are the basics to get in shape to stay non-reactive: 

·        Get enough rest; most of us are typically sleep deprived especially when:

o       When there are deadlines or month-end recurring get enough sleep

o       Keep alcohol consumption down

·        Eat protein at every meal and snack where possible

o       Sugary snacks are no-no’s; you get a high and then a let down

o       Nuts, yogurt, cheese and high-protein bars don’t give you spikes in blood sugar

·        Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day; tea and coffee don’t count

·        Control the caffeine in coffee and tea;

o       Use green tea or herbal teas

o       Eat some protein and fat with caffeine to lessen the sugar “hit” on your system

·        Cut out carbonated colas and soda pop;

o       The high caffeine content, sugar, or fake sugar, are not healthy for you.

o       The Phosphoric Acid in sodas can deplete your bone mass causing osteoporosis

o       The over carbonation can make you “over carbonated” at work.

·        Keep your muscles relaxed

o       Work out or stretch regularly

o       Lean back in your chair during meetings

o       If you find yourself reacting strongly get up and walk around for ten minutes; that’s enough time to calm down

 

 

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