There are myriad ways that the office can come to feel like a war zone. The company could be headed for bankruptcy or the drive to continue posting huge profits could be driving everyone's blood pressure through the roof. You could be in a dying industry or the firm could be coping with unexpected growth in a nascent market. It doesn't matter why you find yourself in a tense work environment; what matters is that you are spending half of your day with your smiley face stress ball locked in a death grip. Of course, your first steps should be yoga, breathing exercises, listening to sea sounds and the like, but there are some workplaces that are going to make you feel terrible even if you have found your center. Take stress very seriously. Remember, the extreme result of workplace stress if clenching yourself into an early grave. Namaste.