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Dealing with stress tied to more work and less help

So you have more work to do than ever after your company laid off employees and asked everyone who stayed to pick up the slack.

Such stress is likely to lead some employees to be short with one another, upset or moody while working around the office.

Don't let it happen to you, says Sandra Naiman, author of a recently released book, The High Achiever's Secret Codebook, and a Denver-based executive coach and organizational consultant.

Naiman recommends that successful workers realize there are going to be moments of stress and learn to manage it on the spot. What employees don't want is to lose their temper in front of others or appear incompetent as everyone's work load grows.

"No matter how valuable you are to an organization, you don't get to a point where you're bulletproof," Naiman says. "You never get to a point where it's OK for you to lose it."

In times like these, "the people who are pleasant to work with are going to fare better than those who are not," she says.

Among some of her other suggestions:

Analyze your stress style and behavior before a problem arises. Realize how you react to stressful situations and develop a strategy beforehand on how you'll handle them. When you feel anxiety coming on, recognize that behavior and deal with it.

Remove yourself from the situation. If you feel like the stress is about to spill out, do what you can to avoid saying something you'll regret later and give yourself some time to think things through. "If you're in doubt about whether or not to do or say something, probably you shouldn't," Naiman says.

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