Alleviating Modern Day Work Stress



Who doesn’t have stress at work?

Nowadays, it might even be that work stress has nothing to do with being “at work” but being home from the office, not having the personal interactions that you were used to at your place of work, not having the tools you had at your fingertips or even finding yourself working more and longer hours because of distractions.  Some may even find working from home more burdensome because there is no delineation between work and home and can be more inclined to put more hours in. 


While it’s possible that you may not be able to actually get rid of stress completely, there are some things you can do to alleviate it or ease it somewhat.  The key to doing this is balancing your emotions, adjusting your own attitude, thinking and taking action when possible.


For example, identify the issues and circumstances that raise your stress level surrounding work.  Think about why you’re stressed, specifically.  Is it your responsibilities themselves or the numbers of responsibilities you have?  Are there specific co-workers whose attitudes are a problem for you?  Or are you struggling with work-life-balance?  You can’t ease any type of work related stress if you’re not clear on what and why you have that stress in the first place.  So seriously ponder and honestly think about what’s going on with you.


If you can, confront the problems that are giving you stress at work.  Don’t just storm into someone’s office, video chat or private message someone to demand that he or she change because you’re tense and anxious.  Think of potential solutions for those problems.  If a co-worker has a poor attitude, try to understand why that is.  Perhaps he or she is just as frustrated with circumstances as you are or they’re experiencing problems with customers, other co-workers, or something else that you’re not aware of.  Finding solutions for everyone is the best way to overcome work related stress; just demanding things change is probably not going to solve anything for anyone.

For circumstances you can’t change, consider how you can address the stress itself. 


The first step is BALANCING your mind and emotions surrounding your stress. 

Why do you feel the way you do?  How does feeling that way serve you?  How does it not serve you? 


Next step is being AWARE of your environment.

Too much background noise or lights that are too bright can over-stimulate your senses and cause tension.  Turn down the music or see about wearing earplugs if possible.  If you’re lucky enough to have windows, close blinds at least a little bit and make sure your computer screen has a glare guard.  Step away from stress at work when possible.  Seriously, go to the restroom and take a few deep breaths or go for a walk outside for a few minutes.  Shut out thoughts about work itself and concentrate on your family, an upcoming vacation, retirement plans, or something else that is separate from work.  Make sure you schedule your break time.  I can’t tell you how many times I lost track of time and totally forgot to take a break.  I actually set timers on my computer to remind me to “go home” back in the day.  Spend your breaks and lunch hour reading something encouraging or doing something you enjoy such as a crossword puzzle or Sudoku. 

These things can help you become DYNAMIC – helping you to overcome work related stress.  Refocusing and balancing your mind surrounding stressful situations allows you to focus on joyful, encouraging events or circumstances.  You can’t always get rid of stress at work but if you apply these tips you might find that it’s not as overwhelming as it once was.


I’ve had a number of clients successfully go from Stressed, Anxious and even Depressed “S.A.D Asses” by learning to become Balanced, Aware and Dynamic – B.A.D Asses, by following these tips along with consistently applying other skills for success like meditation and mindfulness. 


It’s totally possible for you to become a B.A.D Ass in your career, too!

Check out “From S.A.D Ass To B.A.D Ass™” and my other programs at

Love, Light and Success to you! 🙏🌈🙏


Your Mindset Transformation Virtuoso & Nature Goddess Guide


Written on 30 July, 2020 



Dawn-Marie P. Dalsass, President of  Livelihood Spirit Balance is a Stress Management Maven. She’s a Stress and Anxiety Expert for Middle Managers. She started her career in Corporate America while she was in high school and worked her way up the ranks finding herself in middle to upper management for most of her corporate career. She loved what she did but along the way she battled stress, anxiety and depression. When work and life were more than she could handle she planned her suicide in detail. Fortunately, she didn’t go through with it when she saw her 2 little boys on her way to get a knife with a plan to end it all. It was in that moment that she vowed to pull herself together and begin a new journey.

In 2015 she started her own business called Life Coach DM. After several years of working with clients, she realized that the majority of her clients were in middle management just like she was. She had helped most go from being stressed, anxious and / or depressed to being more balanced, aware and dynamic while guiding them on their own journey to achieve life goals including work life balance.

Dawn-Marie has since become a Certified Nature & Forest Therapy Guide and teaches individuals how they too can annihilate the stress, anxiety and depression (aka S.A.D) that middle managers and working parents can face through a process called equilibration (the balancing of the mind and emotions) along with the healing benefits a deep connection to nature (both indoors and out) can bring to become fully balanced, aware and dynamic (aka B.A.D).

Through her own practice, Dawn-Marie discovered what she calls Livelihood Spirit Balance where how one lives their life is in alignment with their authentic self, their B.A.D Ass-self. With Livelihood Spirit Balance, Work Life Balance and everything else just falls into place.

Based on her years of work and client success stories, Dawn-Marie changed her business name to Livelihood Spirit Balance to align with her teachings, mission, vision and purpose.

Dawn-Marie offers online courses, personal and corporate development coaching, workshops and seminars. As the owner of  Total Convalescence – Nature & Forest Therapy  she also offers public and private Nature & Forest Therapy Walks.

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