Stop telling stressed employees ‘to relax’, say experts

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by Lauren Acurantes

What do you do when you see a colleague or subordinate stressed out at work? Whatever your intentions are, psychologists say to avoid telling them to relax because doing so actually causes more stress.

In her article in The Wall Street Journal, Sue Shellenberger wrote that, “People who instruct a colleague, subordinate or loved one to relax may have good intentions. But it is usually better to resist ordering people to change their emotional state and try a different strategy.”

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