The expectations and demands of today’s society are intense, especially in our current economy. We live in a fast-paced world that has conditioned us to constantly operate on overdrive. Juggling work, family and personal needs leaves us feeling depleted and overwhelmed. With a seemingly endless to-do list and the feeling of constantly being on deadline to accomplish more than what seems manageable, it is hard not to feel constantly stressed. In many ways we are asking our brains to function like an elite athlete. But there’s a reason why athletes become “elite” – they are trained very differently for that job, and part of their training is learning when it’s time to rest.

If you are finding it harder than ever to cope with challenges on the job, you’re not alone. Between the stress we take from our personal life when we go to work and the stress that meets us when we arrive at the office, it is more important than ever to find ways to minimize pressure. Excessive stress will interfere with your ability to be productive and can be damaging to your personal and emotional health. Learning to manage stress in the workplace is integral to your success.

These ten easy stress-management and stress-relief recommendations can be easily implemented during your nine-to-five workday.

Editor’s Note: Drs. Stephanie McClellan and Beth Hamilton are partners in a thriving innovative practice specializing in gynecology and women’s health, based in Newport Beach, CA. Their new book, So Stressed: The Ultimate Stress-Relief Plan for Women is now out from Free Press. Follow Drs. Stephanie McClellan and Beth Hamilton on Twitter: