The Cure for Work Stress

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Posted September 21, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

Stress. It’s both a burden and an excuse. When someone asks you to join them for lunch on Thursday you answer, “I can’t. I’m so stressed at work.” But are you really stressed? Or are you using stress as an excuse? The problem here is that most people don’t truly understand stress. Is it a noun? Is it a verb? What does it mean, exactly? We all know we can get stress headaches and stress backaches and stress bitchiness. But what is stress, really?

Geoffrey James writes the sales blog for Inc. and while you might not think a sales guy has much to say about stress, his theory hits the nail on the head. Geoffrey says in his article “Cure for Work Stress” that stress isn’t about now at all. It isn’t about what’s happening in your day whatsoever. Stress is about the future.

Think about it: Why do people feel “stressed”? In every case that I’ve ever seen, it’s because they’re dwelling on future events over which they have no control. In other words, stress is just plain old worry–but rebranded so that it sounds less wimpy. (Nobody ever gets called a “stress-wart.”)

Knowing that stress is about the future, then, how can you “cure” stress in your life? Geoffrey gives you the prescription for controlling stress. And we think…it works. Geoffrey says:

  1. Meditate or pray every day.
  2. Set aside a daily time to plan.
  3. Detach yourself from results.
  4. Observe what’s working (and what’s not).

Geoffrey more deeply examines this process in his article at Inc. Head over there now and you might just find that tomorrow is less stressful than today.


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

2 Comments


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    Hey Marcy,

    I find that listening to motivating audio tapes and channel throughout the day while you are sorting bills, or doing mundane task is very de-stressing. Recently I have been listening to “The Solution” by Lucinda Bassett.




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      Great idea, Ruth! Thanks for sharing. One of our Career Girl writers Rebecca Niziol once told me the way she gets through mundane tasks is “I’m going to get this done. And it’s going to be fun.” She also recommended listening to music and dancing while folding laundry, etc. So smart!





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