Conquering stress at work 2

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By Lorenzo E. Mendoza

The Scribe's Corner

Sunday, September 12, 2010

DIRECTOR'S Cut: (This portion features the thoughts of DepEd 11 Regional Director Susana Teresa B. Estigoy, Ceso IV to all stakeholders and recipients of the efforts to improve the basic education) I do not consider my job as plain work --- rather it is my LIFE. "We have to continually examine what succeeds and fails, and why. We have to uphold and live true to our battlecry and slogan of governance: "Education For All (EFA) 2015: Karapatan ng Lahat, Pananagutan ng Lahat"

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(Note: Second of the two parts series.) Stress as I emphasized in my last week's column is inevitable and according to, it is here to stay. It is always a part of each one's busy life. However, the earlier we condition ourselves of its existence, the easier we can move on in combating it.


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Although laughter as I have said is a universal cure for any stress, it is just temporary. Being created different from each other, we need to look into the kind of stress management method that best works for each one of us. One thing should make us rejoice, once you are not wary of it, we will be part of many successful people in the world if we change our perception of stress --- looking at it in a positive manner. Stress for them, if already felt, is a sign that their body needs to rest, which is a good thing to consider looking into hobbies that are not done previously or activities that were sidelined because of busy work related schedules. We need to use our leave credits, our other welfare benefits and those things that will temporarily detach us from our stressful work.

These successful people believe that simple change in mindset can have very positive effects on them. They are one in saying that once we start seeing stress in a positive light, taking it as a mere sign, we will notice that your stress level goes to a very low point. We have to acknowledge the fact that stress is really good and no one can be without it.

They zero in to negativity as bad for our health. If we find ourselves surrounded by negative people all the time, chances are that their negativity has a very bad affect on us as well. This, in turn, can lead to stress very easily. Get rid of these people. Try to make friends people who are very positive, optimistic and overall, having a happy-go-lucky attitude towards life. However, if we cannot avoid negative people, especially if they are part of our family, just try to stop their negativity get into your system.

The website revealed that out of the many ways to relieve stress, a physical stress management technique that works wonders is heavy breathing. If we can develop a habit to practice heavy breathing daily, we will feel very relaxed and stress free. We need to begin by inhaling for a count of 7-8 and then breathe out for a count of 10-11. This lowers our heart rate and makes us feel more normal as we do it repeatedly.

They emphasized to get rid of negative thoughts. The biggest symptom of stress is lingering negativity. It is a sure sign that we are either already stressed out or are going to be so soon. It's easy to detect these thoughts too. We need to get rid of the what-ifs. We are doing ourselves a huge disservice by worrying without reason. Even if we have all the reasons to think otherwise, worrying doesn't really help solve a problem. We have to make a commitment to ourselves that we won't worry and will stay positive.

In the article "Stress Relievers to Help Reduce Stress," it mentioned these five simple steps: exercise, healthy diet, laugh out loud, deep breathing and smelling the roses. Smelling the roses means keeping a positive and happy attitude all the time. Go out there and enjoy life, visit the places you've always wanted to. The key is to break away from your daily routine and try new things that keep your attention diverted.

Lastly, the article "Have You Ever Had a Contagious Disease?" the writer compares stress to a contagious disease. It says stress is very similar to a contagious disease. It spreads just like cold and fever do. When you meet people who are negative, that negativity passes on to you. And that negativity breeds stress.

So breathe out positivity and drive stress away.

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You can access DepEd Updates, latest issuances and other relevant information through our website: For comments, suggestions and/or contributions, email me at For queries, complains and other concerns, call DepED Region 11 at (082) 227-9342 or fax to (082) 227-1102 and (082) 221-6147.


Mr. Lorenzo E. Mendoza, M.A. is connected with DepEd Regional Office 11 and currently on study leave through the Australian Endeavour VET Scholarship Grant.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 13, 2010.


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