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Rejuvenate July Are you feelin’ hot, hot, hot? As the summer brings the all-too-familiar, scorching Texas temperatures, it’s easy to feel irritated—and often at the office. To avoid coming home “fuming” with anger, it’s important to treat your fellow employees with respect and maintain a healthy balance between work and family. Eager to learn how to “stay cool” this summer? It’s time to sit back, relax and catch this month’s Spirit. Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.  ~Dale Carnegie Workplace Woes From tough deadlines to bothersome coworkers to feeling altogether burnt out, it’s easy to get frustrated with our jobs. However, to receive both personal and professional fulfillment from a career, it’s crucial to have a positive, optimistic outlook and maintain healthy relationships with your fellow team members.  Below are suggestions to three common workplace woes: feeling burnt out with our jobs, experiencing anxiety from various job stressors and having a troubled relationship with a coworker.  Refresh YOUR Outlook If you desire an encouraging work environment, the change begins with your attitude. Like our teachers told us in grade school—attitude is everything. If you’re feeling burnt out, here are some helpful tips to rejuvenate your view: •	Count your blessings. It’s trite, but oh-so-true. Many qualified individuals are jobless right now, but desperately desire to work. Employment is a blessing in and of itself.   •	Smile.  Turn that frown upside down. It’s contagious.  •	Make time for YOU. Don’t be a workaholic—find the right balance between work and “play.”  Take Control of Work Anxiety    Worry in the workplace can often translate into many other parts of our lives. It’s important to get a handle on your 8 to 5 stress to improve office efficiency, and ultimately maintain balance in your life. Here are some suggestions: •	Prioritize.  At the beginning of each day, identify the tasks that MUST get done that day. We often have many “to-dos”, but not all of them are equally important.  •	Stay on task. Research shows that humans are made to do one thing at a time, but with our workload—that’s not always feasible. Try your hardest to check e-mail or listen to phone messages at a certain time. Identify a no-interruption hour each day.   Renew Workplace Relationships  If you have an office relationship that needs repairing, confront the issue. Here are a few tips to better workplace communication:  •	Listen. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. Don’t let stubbornness or pride get ruin a relationship—hear the other side.  •	Is it worth it? If you’re frustrated, it’s easy to “make a mountain out of a molehill.” Once the issue is deemed critical, confront your coworker in a mature, non-threatening way.
Service Spotlight  Each month, Spirit will shine a spotlight on one of our services to reveal how Krist Samaritan Center is touching lives and healing hearts all across Houston.  Corporate Retreats  It’s a fact—successful productivity is hard to achieve without an understanding of other people’s personalities and work styles. To gain such understanding, many companies turn to team-building activities to help learn the tools of good communication.  The Krist Samaritan Center can help facilitate the process of creating or repairing relationships through our counseling-focused corporate retreats.   Our corporate retreats offer: •	Personality testing •	Counseling •	Interactive activities •	Team-building activities  To learn more about retreats, CLICK HERE.  [http://www.samaritanhouston.org/classes_and_groups/retreats.html] “Healing Hearts After Hurricane Ike” Counseling Program and Seminar Series  The Krist Samaritan Center offers counseling geared toward victims of Hurricane Ike. Our clinicians are specially trained to counsel those dealing with any psychological issues that surface after such a damaging storm.   To learn more, visit our website or call 281.480.7554.  Ike Seminar Series   We’re conducting a seminar series the last Monday of the month (June through Septebmer) for a discussion on ways to heal the emotional wounds that linger after the trauma of a hurricane.   July’s topic: Ike and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Know your triggers.  When: Monday, June 26th Time: 7 pm – 8:30 pm Place: Krist Samaritan Center for Counseling and Education Cost: Free, walk-ins welcome  To sign up, CLICK HERE. [http://www.samaritanhouston.org/ike/seminar.html]
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