Stress Management With Humor

by Jeff Justice, CSP

To fight the daily onslaught of stress in your life Jeff Justice, President of Corporate Comedy suggests that you use your sense of humor. Nothing relaxes and refreshes the body like a good hearty laugh. The ability to take your job seriously and yourself lightly will go a long way in the battle against stress. A sense of humor can be used in stress reduction, problem solving, team building and improving communications without ever telling a joke.

Comedy works by stepping back from a situation and playing up its absurdities. Remember that vacation from hell you had and how two weeks later you were laughing about it. For STRESS BUSTING Jeff says, “Why wait? Laugh at it while it’s happening.”

Sometimes your laughter needs to be internal, for example during a board meeting. When your boss announces your budget for the next year, you don’t want to laugh in his face. (Then you would need my seminar, “How to Handle Stressful Job Interviews With Humor.”)

Humor is also wonderful for reframing tense situations. A creative female employee of one company got tired of her boss telling her that she needed further cuts in her budget if she wanted him to ok it. When she got her budget to the bare bones and he still turned it back she literally reduced it to the size of a postage stamp on the office copier and resubmitted it. After they both had a good laugh, her boss gave in and okayed it.

The next time things are going bad try picturing them really bad. Keep exaggerating the situation until it becomes ludicrous and you find yourself laughing.

Remember, he who laughs — lasts!

If you found these tips from Jeff Justice, CSP of value and are a PMP looking to earn PMI PDUs, you might be interested in his self-paced, downloadable courses at PDUs2Go.com.

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One Response to “Stress Management With Humor”

  1. Kaye says:

    Stress Management is easy, all i need to do is just take deep and slow breathes then meditate. listening to music also reduces stress.

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