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Poll: How do you deal with work-related stress?
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Thomas Pfann  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Walk/sleep to recover Mar 16, 2017

That's quite a long list of possible replies but I think the most important option is missing: I don't. I would expect that most people don't deal/don't know how to deal with work-related stress.

Luckily, I don't get stressed easily but when I do, I probably muddle through and once it's over I recover by going for a walk or having a nap.

By the way, I quite like the option "A combination of these" which I take to mean "Whatever. Next question, please".


 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Spanish to English
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A combination Mar 16, 2017

Walking, reading, eating(!), gardening, online shopping(!), online games., TV

I prefer short interruptions.

I also have a chi-machine, which relaxes me completely. I've used it regularly for over 20 years.


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
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Member (2005)
English to German
Gardening, and walking around talking to the squirrels Mar 16, 2017

... but only because a certain someone quit drug dealing when his translation business picked upicon_biggrin.gif

 

Annamaria Amik  Identity Verified
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Romanian to English
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Reading and Other Mar 16, 2017

Reading is my favorite non-work and non-family related activity. Other: a glass of red wine.

 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
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Other Mar 16, 2017

Over the years, I’ve learned to say no (and be very picky with what I accept) and to be very organized (work-wise), as a result I don’t get stressed very easily. Keep calm is my motto. As Don Quixote said: “There is a remedy for everything but death”...

 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
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A combination of several options Mar 16, 2017

And I have become better to say no, especially to clients with ridiculously long payment terms and/or extensive instruction materials.

 

Christine Andersen  Identity Verified
Denmark
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Member (2003)
Danish to English
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Other Mar 16, 2017

Cut the problem down to size and deal with it.

It is not always easy, but it is basically simple. I ask myself what I am getting so worked up about. Then, if possible, I shift the problem at least partly to the client, or the Trados hotline, or someone else who can help.
I learned in an earlier job to shut out issues I can't do anything about, like jobs I have to turn down because I don't have time...

Can't meet the deadline - write a mail to the client AT ONCE and explain why, suggesting when I can deliver and a solution if possible.

Etc.

Family and friends on the phone ... This is difficult, but if it is not an emergency, I say firmly 'I have a deadline, so can I call you back?' And then put down the receiver.

I say the Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.

Then I make a cup of coffee and get to work. (Or else I take my migraine medication and go to bed!)


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
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Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Other Mar 16, 2017

Why isn't "Sex, drugs 'n rock 'n roll" one of the opiates, woops, options? icon_biggrin.gif

 

Nadja Balogh  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2007)
Japanese to German
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A combination - except for writing Mar 16, 2017

I found that translating has seriously decreased my desire to write - it's a combination of not wanting to be in front of the PC even longer and my brain refusing to deal with any more words than it already does. I barely managed to write this commenticon_smile.gif

 

Linda Ildevert  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Member (2004)
French to English
I don't, my dog does! Mar 16, 2017

A long walk in the fresh air with the dog does wonders to relieve stress!

 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
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Member (2006)
German to English
Stress Mar 16, 2017

is bad time management. If I have a lot to do then I work on it until it is finished. I do sport everyday, but that is because I want to get fit and lose weight.
On top of that, I have children and they cause more stress than my work.


 

Carina Tschaitschmann
Austria
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Member
English to German
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A combination Mar 16, 2017

Riding my horse, cooking...been meaning to do yoga again and read a book, if there were just more hours in a day...

[Edited at 2017-03-16 13:07 GMT]


 

Sofia Gutkin  Identity Verified
Australia
Member (2012)
Russian to English
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Something that's not on the list... Mar 16, 2017

I rant. I tell my boyfriend all about it (then I complain that he doesn't listen to me once he becomes glassy-eyed) or I tell my mother when she calls me. Sharing is caring... right?

 

Ana Florencia Fernandez
Argentina
Local time: 18:50
Member (2011)
English to Spanish
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A combination... and especially dancing! Mar 16, 2017

Dancing is my fuel (and the 3 PM coffee, of course).

 
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