According to OutofStress.com, workplace stress costs nearly $300 billion annually, due to rehabilitation, absenteeism from work and health care. A little bit of stress is normal. In fact, a little bit of stress can be used for motivation and increased productivity. Too much stress however, can negatively affect all areas of your life. For most people, recognizing and handling work-related stress is a constant battle. I constantly find myself reading articles on how to live a well-balanced life either on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Practically every social media outlet can be used to help motivate and de-stress your life though. If you’re anything like me, you will find it very helpful to remember these five tips when you’re most stressed: Think Globally. Act Locally. – Think globally. Remember to take a step back every once in a while and analyze where you’re at. Act locally. Don’t get caught up in everything you have to do. Prioritize your tasks and set small goals. Be Empathetic – Respect and appreciate individual personality traits and quirks. You never know what you might learn. Plus, quirkiness oftentimes brings humor to the work place. Accept Differences – Different doesn’t mean wrong. It just means different. Everyone interprets and reacts to situations in their own way. Recognize your coworkers’ uniqueness. You may be surprised how much you appreciate them. Use Your Sense of Humor – Everyone has a sense of humor. Put yours to use and bring it out in your co-workers. Humor creates positivity which in turn promotes productivity and increases your ability to communicate well with your boss, co-workers, customers and friends. Break Bad Habits – Recognize your bad habits and focus on changing your behavior or outlook. Whether you procrastinate, are a perfectionist or unorganized, acknowledge your shortcomings and write down how you are going to tackle them.