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Just Say No!
Q: I’m an account executive for an advertising agency.
I just landed the job right out of college. Although I
have professional attire that gets me through the work
week, my boss says that my shirts are faded, my pants
ill-fitting and my sport coats are unfashionable. The
problem is that I don’t come from a wealthy family and
I don’t make enough money right now to splurge on new
clothes. I have a hard enough time making ends meet!
What should I do?!
A: You’ll find that in life everyone’s priorities are
different. To some, clothing is more important than
paying the bills. Your boss is noticing things that you
may not. I wouldn’t take it personal. I’d try to focus on
closing deals and demonstrating your fullest potential.
If you have noticed that your clothing is faded, try and
allocate a small budget to buy some new clothes. You
can find clothes that you can double up for work and for
special occasions. There are lots of bargains out there
so don’t worry about overspending. It’s truly important
to look presentable. Your appearance makes that first
impression, but more important is the handshake
or personal touch you give your clients. People may
compliment you on what you are wearing and you may
even feel good. When you put all that together — well-
dressed, confident, intelligent and productive at work
— no matter what your ultra-anal boss says or does, it
won’t ruin your day!
J ob stress is thought to cost American businesses more than $250 billion
annually due to absences, illness, poor performance and turnover. Anxiety,
hypertension, heart attacks and personality disorders have all been linked
to workplace stressors, and increasingly so as record numbers of Americans
try to avoid the unemployment line. So what is a stressed out subordinate or
superior to do? Well, for starters, learn to say no. Don’t ever take on more than
you can handle or you’ll end up looking (and feeling) worse than if you had
just refused the additional workload. As in any relationship, communication
with your co-workers is key. If you can’t do it, don’t. If you don’t understand
something, ask. If you’re scared to put your foot down, you’re probably not in
that healthy of a work environment. It may be time to start looking elsewhere.
L isette N. Beraja of Beraja
Counseling Center is a
Licensed Marriage & Family
Parent Coordinator with more than
10 years of experience
working with families and
young professionals. If you
have a question you’d like
answered in a future edition, email it to Editor@BrickellMag.com
or Lisette@Beraja.com. Due to high volume, we will not be able
to respond to all submissions. All names will be withheld to
ensure the privacy of our readers.
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Healthy options include whole-wheat
bread and traditional oatmeal flakes.
If stress headaches and fatigue have
you despising your every waking hour,
make sure to add raw spinach to your
morning, noon and night to improve your
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Just a fist-full of almonds a day will not
only keep the doctor away, it will also
help boost your body’s defenses against
illnesses and most importantly, stress-
Add these tasty stress-busters to
your diet to calm your brain and
boost your immune system while
your body enjoys some much-needed
downtime. Keep in mind that for
added benefit, you should stick to
just one serving in each sitting.
18 brickell magazine