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tjgkg
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9/15/2014 | 1:01:23 PM
Re: Either way it is scary
That is true. It seems like that it is easy to live in constant stress these days with all our electronic gadgets taking up so much of our attention. It allows us to be chained to work at all times, to Facebook, to receive breaking news within moments of the event and track our whereabouts. When I was a child all we had to know was how to "Duck & Cover". That seems a lot less stressful than what goes on today.
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8/28/2014 | 3:31:25 PM
Sometimes life is one big acute scary moment
Oh please no scary clowns! I have enough acute scary moments in traffic and watching as my kids bounce themselves off random surfaces. I still need to work on countering the chronic stress bit. It seems we are living in a general state of 'gotta do' or 'should do' with to do lists that should take a week that we somehow expect to get done in a day. One of the best things I did to let go of some chronic stress was to learn to politely say no to time eaters that other people wanted me to do for them (usually on short notice when the stress got to them).
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8/18/2014 | 5:01:53 PM
Re: Either way it is scary
Some stress is good. It gets all those hormones flowing so we become more focused, creative, and intelligent (or at least we think we are!). But living in a perpetual state of stress is bad for us in so many ways. I guess it'd be equally bad to be sad all the time or even happy all day, every day. If we don't undergo peaks and valleys, we don't appreciate the good times and things.
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8/18/2014 | 2:33:59 PM
Re: Either way it is scary
From everything I have read regarding performers, the stress does not end. That could explain the reason why there are so many drugs being used. There is probably a balance somewhere when the stress level is positive for a good performance and once that level is exceeded then you go into pure stress which will have a negative affect. Not really sure how to quantify it though as everyone has different tolerance levels.
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8/18/2014 | 11:41:50 AM
Re: Either way it is scary
@David: I agree with you about the software developer and other corporate positions. However stress will rear its ugly head if that lot gets too comfortable and the management throws them something outside their comfort zone. With regards to performers and athletes, I think there is a motivating factor for them with regard to stress. Having done both I can tell you that I really liked going out and performing because the stress was rewarded by the audience reaction. And same thing when I played ball. I am highly competitive and the competition and folks in the stand was stressful and motivating at the same time. You get a buzz out of it. I am guessing the bungy jumpers and parachute crowd get it from the dare of fate.
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8/13/2014 | 9:24:05 AM
Re: Either way it is scary
Yes, in my dad's colleague's case he basically snapped, would be my unprofessional diagnosis! I think most of us dream, occasionally at least, of that cottage in the woods, beach hut, or deserted island, free of all noise, chaos and stress. It would probably get really dull though after a few days or weeks!
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8/13/2014 | 9:22:22 AM
Re: Either way it is scary
Yes, US employees are given fewer vacations than many of their peers across the world -- and many US workers don't even take all the time they're alloted! Of those who do take time off, a large number continue to check-in during their vacations -- reading emails, calling voicemail, and even finishing or starting projects. It's vital to truly disconnect sometimes, though. Most of us are not truly indispensable at work and if we are, then we need to do some successor planning in case of emergency!
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8/13/2014 | 7:26:17 AM
Re: Either way it is scary
I wonder how the next generation's work/life balance is going to affect the current workforce.  Will we learn to back off or will we just pick up the slack and work ourselves harder to make up for those who want more down time.  

I'm not surprised about that retirement story, I've had days where I was ready to move to a desert and farm dirt.  I couldn't leave my family behind though.
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8/12/2014 | 4:50:42 PM
Re: Either way it is scary
It really is sad because stressed out employees are not productive or along term asset. The value of de stressing employees is not recognized in many businesses. In other countries vacations are lengthier and businesses still function and succeed without their employees for up to 5 weeks at a time.

 

The impulse stress described may actually be an overall stress reliever to more intense and long term stress! Who want to try it out on their most stressed coworker!
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8/12/2014 | 11:22:11 AM
Re: scaring yourself vs skin creams
>> I think you have all the stress you need for all your life after contacting tech support.

 

You said it Pedro! 
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