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How do you handle stress on the job?

This question has been answered 30 times by professional recruiters and hiring managers. View their answers below.

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The interviewer would like to know if you can appropriately handle the stress related to this job. Discuss how you can thrive, even during the most stressful times. You can keep your answer brief. If you can, provide an example of a time when you implemented a stress-management technique in your current role.

Academic Advisor answer example
"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Addiction Nurse answer example
"Stress is part of any demanding job and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
Admin answer example
"Stress is part of any demanding job, and I embrace it to the fullest. I take good care of myself and prioritize my workload to maintain a healthy balance in my stress levels."
Admissions Counselor answer example
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Assistant Principal answer example
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Autopsy Assistant answer example
"I most definitely can. In my current position, I can be faced with stressful situations that require me to work under pressure on a daily basis and have since learned to manage stress. Now it’s just part of the job that I do well.”"
Basic answer example
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Benefits Manager answer example
"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met. I will write down the steps to take to ensure successful completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."
Concierge answer example
"I come into stress when a client is unsatisfied or when a well-laid out plan appears to be falling apart. To deal with this, I focus on the task at hand and remind myself than anything can be fixed with a smile and some concentration. I believe my ability to communicate effectively with clients, vendors, and service providers, during these moments helps reduce my stress in these situations and also reduces any stress the client may feel."
Dental Assistant answer example
"I handle stress very well, and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure not to get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful, and I will delegate when necessary to alleviate some stress."
Entertainment Anchor answer example
"I work very well under pressure! A large part of the job is based on stressful situations and writing quickly and well, and I know I have what it takes to do the job well, even when it is challenging and I am under time constraints."
Front Desk answer example
"I handle stress very well and when you call my references, they will attest to this fact. When I am under pressure on the job, I focus on the task at hand and make sure to not get distracted. Staying on deadline is very helpful and only when it is completely necessary, do I ask for assistance."
Junior Accountant answer example
"The interviewer is really looking for past experiences that you have been in that have been stressful. They want to get to know your background better. Highlight these examples, tell them how you remained calm, and held your composure. Tell the interviewer what you learned from those experiences. A good example, when you have been in stressful situations, you have found its best to remain calm so you can think through any challenges that you are facing. Try to think of these examples before the interview, because this is a very common interview question and may likely be asked."
Manager answer example
"I am quite resilient to stress and believe this is because of my eight-plus years' experience being in a management role in a fast-paced environment. Under times of extreme stress, I make sure to give myself a breather whether that be a quick walk around the block or a couple of minutes on the phone with my wife who is great at bringing me back down to earth."
Marketing answer example
"Stress is often one of my drivers. When facing tight deadlines, I tend to concentrate even better. It's an odd characteristic, I admit, but it works for me!"
Massage Therapist answer example
"Given that your job is to alleviate your clients' stress, you should be pretty good at managing your own! It would not do to bring negative energy into an environment that promotes calmness and relaxation. Reassure the interviewer that you have developed strategies to manage your stress. Mention that you use your down time to destress with activities such as yoga, biking, or going out with friends. "
Parole Officer answer example
"Most people crumble under pressure or stress. Not me. I have always considered myself to perform at my best under stress and pressure. In this line of work, that ability comes in handy."
Pharmaceutical Sales answer example
" Yes, I usually find it stimulating. I believe in being proactive and not reactive. I incorporate planning and time management into my daily routine to avoid any stressful situations."
Pharmacy Technician answer example
"Being able to spend my down time with my family is my stress relief. I enjoy gardening as well as reading in the sunshine."
Photojournalist answer example
"I produce some of my best work under pressure. I love the challenge of working hard and fast, and find that if I give myself too much time to work on a project, I spend too much time overanalyzing my work. I feel that my best work is under a constraint."
Production Assistant answer example
"I find that I do some of my best work under intense pressure. I am able to stay organized with alerts, notes in my notebook, and a firm schedule that keeps us all running smoothly. Even when I am feeling overwhelmed, these tools help me feel organized and in control."
Radiation Therapists answer example
"Your ability to manage stress will directly influence your ability to provide optimal patient care. Before answering this question, think of some tools that have helped you manage your stress. What will you do when you can't take a break when you need it? "I've learned some helpful breathing techniques that I can do while I'm at work. Even when I'm feeling rushed or overwhelmed by a patient situation, I am able to slow down my breath and remain calm. Patient care will always be my top priority, and that's why I've learned to manage my stress effectively."
Reporter answer example
"I understand what it takes to create a story in just a few hours and still have it be my best work possible. I have experience writing clean work quickly with little to no mistakes for editors to check over, and I often enjoy the rush of being put under pressure to create my stories."
Retail answer example
"I have experienced high-stress level many times in a retail environment. These times of stress might be when I have an overly aggressive and angry client to deal with, or during peak times like Black Friday or holiday sales. To keep myself grounded, I ensure that I come to work well-rested. Also, I bring a book to read during my lunch breaks. It's an escape for me, to read a book, versus spending spare time on social media."
Sales answer example
"If I am stressed, I will take a look at the situation from the outside and narrow down what component of the situation is problematic. By sourcing the core of the issue, I feel much more equipped to tackle and conquer the situation."
Special Education Teacher answer example
"A couple of months ago we had a situation where one student had a complete breakdown in class. I was able to remain calm by following our program's protocol and taking the appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the student and everyone in the classroom. I am generally quite good under pressure and even better when I feel well equipped to manage the situation."
Stage Manager answer example
"I thrive under pressure and always remain focused and organized. For example, if I have a short notice to complete a project, I immediately get to work. I write down what needs to be done by prioritizing the most important tasks, and will delegate tasks if this is a really big project."
Territory Sales Manager answer example
"I always remain calm and look for ways to be more efficient. For instance, if there is an unexpected deadline, I will determine what can be done to ensure the deadline can be met, I will write down the steps to take to ensure successful completion and will delegate a few tasks if necessary. In brief, I am always ready to adjust my approach because stressful situations are bound to occur in a professional environment."
Veterinary Assistant answer example
"Picture yourself pinning down a large pit bull who is peeing all over the table while you administer anesthesia as cats cry in the background, the phone is ringing off the hook, and you can hear a small terrier whimpering and banging itself against the kennel. Your job will be stressful. Knowing how to handle stress will help you to navigate the ups and downs in a constantly changing environment. Take some time to think about what you would be able to do when you are busy at work feeling your heart rate rise and your nerves begin to shake. Your coping skills outside of work might be difficult to apply, as you can't stop what you're doing and run to yoga class. However, you can take deep breaths and allow yourself to take a break in between patients. You can laugh about the fact that you are covered in dog shit and you can enjoy the company of your coworkers. Getting through the tough parts of your job requires you to have a good perspective and be able to make light of situations."
Veterinary Technician answer example
"Picture yourself pinning down a large pit bull who is peeing all over the table while you administer anesthesia as cats cry in the background, the phone is ringing off the hook, and you can hear a small terrier whimpering and banging itself against the kennel. Your job will be stressful. Knowing how to handle stress will help you to navigate the ups and downs in a constantly changing environment. Take some time to think about what you would be able to do when you are busy at work feeling your heart rate rise and your nerves begin to shake. Your coping skills outside of work might be difficult to apply, as you can't stop what you're doing and run to yoga class. However, you can take deep breaths and allow yourself to take a break in between patients. You can laugh about the fact that you are covered in dog shit and you can enjoy the company of your coworkers. Getting through the tough parts of your job requires you to have a good perspective and be able to make light of situations. "

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How do you handle stress on the job?
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Yes. During my experience on a cruise ship as a Group Services Coordinator - I came onboard without knowing what to expect and being in a completely new and unfamiliar environment. I had to learn my position in 2 weeks, along with onboard ship safety training and adjusting to life on board. I worked constantly, and was learning constantly, but I always created a balance for myself, because I was determined to succeed.
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I have always enjoyed what I did, so I never felt like I was having a stressful job.
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Yes I have. I would handle it by counting to three and communicating with others.
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Take a deep breath and just keep doing what needed to be done.
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Of course, every job has a certain aspect that one may find stressfull. At subway it was when there was only two of us working during rush hour they'd be a line of people waiting for a sub and only so fast we could work. In these situations we'd have to remain calm and assure the waiting customers that we wont be too long, and sorry for the wait. And work to the best of our abilities. IN catering we are constantly under stress, clearing tables in time, dietary requirements, making sure all the guests are satisfied, jugs are topped up and the tables are clean. Just breathing and working more efficently under times of stress statsifies that nerving feeling of failing.
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I plan well before time and I do one thing after another according to plan.
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Yes I have. On any stressful day. What I do is report to my colleagues that I'm going to the restroom. I take five minutes to gather my thoughts and pull myself together. After that 5 minutes which really helped I can therefore continue with the day's work.
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Yes I have worked in a stressful position in which I had concurent projects along with helping various other departments . I handled everything accourding to importance and having attention to detail on every assignment.
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Most jobs have a degree of stress, I'm more to deal with situations as they come and overcome them.
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Yes, in very busy days with short hand employees. Just try to do the best I can do, and be able to put a smile on my through out the day and the end... Thankful I made it through the day.
11.
Of course ,Working in the banking field always needs a target, sometimes its stressful, I remember when I have to skip my break time to finish certain amount of files.
12.
Working for such a busy and fast-paced resort/restaurant really pushed my organization skills to the max, and I believe I handled it very well.
13.
Yes. I work as a waitress in a beachside cafe. Every day that I go to work is different with different clients and their requests. The most stressful time at this cafe is during The Swell Sculp.
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Yes a lot of times. Being calm. Have the list one by one what will I do first until the last.
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Set priorities and stay calm.
16.
I have worked in a position where it has been stressful. York university bookstore where the whole store was 25% off. I hnadled it by listening to my supervisors, cooperating and doing anything and everything I can do to help keep the day going smoothly whether it was keeping an eye on the fitting room, to fixing the clothes on the shelves, folding clothes, getting sizes from the stock room as well as checking sizes on a database that was provided.
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I have never worked in a stressful position, but I have been in positions with disagreements that needed resolution. What I did was take every aspect into consideration then tried to seek collaborative solutions if necessary.
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Yes a call center just fine cant take it personal.
19.
More concentration and quick action work in order which is first and be friendly.
20.
Yes I have worked in a stressful position before but been calm at all times is the antidote and I remain focused on the job on ground instead of getting worked up by stress. This normally comes from a difficult customer or even colleagues but I need to remain calm and professional.
21.
Every position is stressful, and I handle very good with it. Every day we have a lot of tasks that we must do, and that is exactly what motivates me and pushing us forward.
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Most positions can have their off days but knowing how to deal with stressful periods is imperative to any job. I see stressful periods as a test to my capability and personality of which I must keep a clear head and aim to resolve as quickly and perfectly as I am able to.
23.
Yeah and I kept myself calm and really concerned at the work.
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Yes, I just enjoy the work and work with positive thoughts.
25.
Security job could be very stressful but especially working in a school environment, but I handle stress very well, because I'm very patient, another thing that help me to do the is compassion, due to that it helps me overcome stressful situation all the time.
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I did. When I was still a trainee back in college days. At first, I wanted to cry. That's the first time I get to talk to someone regarding with their needs and wants. And how demanding someone can be. And then when it happen, I just take it. Asked myself what can I do next time if that ever happens again.
27.
Yes, I am usually overly nice to people so they would not see how much I am stressed.
28.
A position that I worked under that I felt was stressful. I think being a customer service representative you are faced with a lot of different personalities and charters. And sometimes when what the customer wants and the customer is not able to get. A individual might get a bit feisty. But the way I handle it is to remember that if two dogs are barking no one is being listened to, I handle it by remembering everything in life has an ending you clock out of work you'll graduate a lot of things life is always evolving I remember that I can deal with situations.
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Yes. I just always say to my self that I can do this.
30.
Yes, I have worked in several positions that were stressful. 1 - As a teller and creating FX drafts on a system that is onerous. What should a few minutes, can go on for 15 - 30 minutes. I explain to the client it will take some time and ensure they have the time. I then ensure that I keep entirely focused on the task at hand so as to not make any mistakes that will add onto the stress and time line of producing the draft. A previous job, I took calls from Clients that may be upset with billing, or at a Sales person that did not deliver as promised. I acknowledge the situation and put there mind at ease, that I will find a resolution and not let them down. I've also worked part time in a gas station where people feel they can walk in and scream in your face because their credit card didn't work. Here, I take a deep breath and I listen to the problem they were experiencing and look into what may have caused it. I would resolve it by putting the transaction through inside at the till. In cases like this you have to be careful that you are not being set up for theft.
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Yes, I have worked with international students with different personality.I managed to keep myself calm and positive person.
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Yes I have, I just have to walk away for a bit to take a breather. But I am known to be very good at handeling stressful situations.
33.
Yes. Be calm and relax. Take a deep breath and continue work.
34.
Well some time I have do multiple working but I have capabilities to do all types of situations.
35.
I take a step back and understand the order of the deadlines and the amount of time required to complete each project. I then start to tackle the larger projects first, especially if they entail collaboration with multiple departments, and then understand what projects I can accomplish myself all while keeping in mind what deadline date comes first, second, third, etc. If need be, I am not afraid to ask for assistance or advise about how to most efficiently and effectively complete a task. Especially when doing something for the first time.
36.
That is the norm in admissions. We would work long hours, come in on the weekend, as the deadline es have to be met. We couldn't delegate to any one because all admissions staff were just as busy. But every intake, we met or exceeded our targets.
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I handle it very well.
38.
When people get in a rush or hurry accidents happen or mistakes I tend to work at a pace that I know that I can work safe and without mistakes.
39.
Working under pressure is something I have a great deal of experience with. When there is a sense of urgency I feel compelled to preform at a higher level.
40.
Would try and meet Al targets given to me.
41.
Being a PM for past several years, serving lot's of different clients/projects simultaneously have prepared me to work very efficiently under pressure.
42.
I work well under pressure, in my last two semesters at Thaddeus Stevens I took full 19 credits and still maintained a 3.95/4 GPA
43.
I work well under pressure. I rely on past experiences, my skills, and coworkers to hammer out the details of a project to its end.
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I focus and proriztie the problems so I won't stress out.
45.
I handle pressure very well I deal with it at my work place every day.
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Working under pressure gives me the drive to a complete the task at hand faster and more efficiently in our classroom setting we are under pressure to complete our assiments that day which gives me the drive to complete them.
47.
During my three year course I have went in a place which required me to work full time and at the same time do my project.I was able to finish my case load and only handed one case work but finished my project.
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I actually thrive under pressure. Last semester I had 18 credits to deal with and two of my courses were projects based which takes up a lot of time. As you must be aware, getting a good GPA is very important. With 18 credits on hand and the need to get a 3.5 + GPA does put a lot of pressure on you. But I managed my time and got a 3.5+ GPA. I handle pressure well.
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I handle it very well.
50.
Conducting complex archaeological projects in remote locations, for long periods of time, under often extremely difficult and hazardous conditions, with large crews, with time and budget constraints, I am more than capable of working under pressure.
51.
My experience as a learn to skate instructor and program leader have taught me to work well under pressure as we often deal with injuries in the work place. I have learned to quickly respond to difficult situations and be able to handle myself calmly and responsibly. For example...
52.
It is hard to carry a lot of buckets but the pressure is easily handled.
53.
I thrive on pressure and the delivery of a successful outcome.
54.
I have a excellent ability to work under pressure to achieve timely submissions.
55.
I have cycles of working well under pressure because it motivates me to finish. At the same time if the pressure becomes too great, it will keep me from focusing critical thinking tasks.
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A good example would be D Of E when one of our team mates got separated from the group. Indecision in the group of what to do next, so I took the initiative and decided to ring the leaders by walking an extra 3km out of my way uphill to find a signal and raise the alarm. Phones are only used in emergency situations and I thought this was the case, later being praised for quick thinking under pressure.
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1. Shecule Pressure: OK with this, as long as schedle is reasonable 2. Technical Pressure: OK as long as I can work under more senior specialists. Can often go the distance to determine the best solution.
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I work under pressure every day with deadlines. I feel that I handle pressure well and try to prioratize things.
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I've been in several situations where I felt pressure, again I think communication, prioritizing and staying calm is key.
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Work under pressure is an opportunity to work in a smart way to me. Some times it may lead to utilize more time or more other resources but in an effective way.
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I normally have the ability to work under pressure.
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I will work diligently and check my work for accuracy to get the work completed on time and correctly. I take work under pressure as a challenge and work hard to live up to those expectations.
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I view working under pressure as a challenger which I enjoy. I also enjoy completing a high pressure job in a safe and timely manner.
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I can handle pressure very well. To control the workload, I organize my time properly and efficiently to complete said tasks on time.
65.
Last year at Red Bud Industries, I was apart of a 3 man team that build all of the different types of pipes for the metal coil processing machines. There was no wiggle room for error when building these pipes. I was working with guys who have been building the machines for 20+ years and I really did not want to let them down when I started to help out, so I worked extremely hard to figure out how to 100% be perfect with the pipes so I would never let any of them down.
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I feel that you can channel pressure and stress into something positive with proper planning and prioritizing.
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Familiarize with business processes and plan tasks against a workable and accomplishable timeframe.
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I am ready to work under pressure but I never come under catch of the name called pressure because pressure never makes the work perfect it only completes the work in-completely.
69.
It's tricky to Handel but I can keep coustomer happy.
70.
I'll keep calm and I look for the correct solution.
71.
My greatest strength is self confidence, eventhough in high pressure I can handle a bit through my strength.
72.
I am always love to work in difficult sistuation.
73.
I have a lot of patience . I work in very smart way in under pressure.
74.
I think this is not a pressure its a change to improve myself.
75.
I am ready to face any upstracles its make me a challenged person.
76.
Kai adipenda baadu.
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Relaxing my self.
78.
After few time I think about the solution for the problem.
79.
It quit critical but I managed pressure with my confidence.
80.
I have experince and knowledge of working in crisis situations and under pressurised time scales I am aware of the need to take care of my own well being and have an awareness when I need to seek support and advice.
81.
I'm able to work under stress.. I don't let rudeness or stress get the best way of me it doesn't effect how I talk to my customers.
82.
I work quite well under pressure.
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I work best under pressure and I like to stay busy.
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As previoulsy mentioned I am used to working to timescales and carrying a complex case load. I am aware whn to seek support and advise.
85.
I am peicient and calm persone I can manage well working under pressure.
86.
I can do accounts payable duties as prepare all documents for process.
87.
I prioritize and organize my work. Emergencies come first. If we are well-organized then we can handle the stress.
88.
I calmly assess the situation and deal with situations as they come along.
89.
I handle my stress very well. I defiantly do not show it in a work environment because then it might stress other co workers. I simply go for walks or mediate.
90.
I handle stress very well, I always remain calm and try my hardest to solve whatever the problem is.
91.
I like to work in a challenging environment and I give better results while working under pressure. I enjoy challenges because I defuse the stress.
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I handle stress very well. The medical field can be a bit stressful but as long as you stay calm and focus your job wont be as stressful.
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By priortizing.
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I handle stress by not getting worked up or bent out of shape when a problem arrives. I find a positive solution and take care of the problem.
95.
I never being stress to work so I don't think I would have stree in I have a positive mind all the time.
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I handle stress by not thinking of the negative over and over. I try to find the solution to make the problem better.
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I handle my stress very well. The trick is to keep calm, figure out the problem(s), get organized and keep communication open and work through it.
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Very well, I stay as calm as I can and I can multitask.
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I handle it well. There are times when it gets to me. We are all human. I can work pretty well under stressful situations and stay calm.
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I take a couple minutes to breathe deeply and clear my head. If I feel im getting flustered or stressed I just need to tell myself everythins fine and I start to feel better.
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I use mindfulness techniques to be aware of whats causing the stress and then take action to rectify it if I can change it what steps do I take if I can't at that point I acknowledge that I can't change it and move on.

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