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Stories About Stress


How to stay stressed?

NEVER EXERCISE - Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.

EAT ANYTHING YOU WANT - Hey, if cigarette smoke can't cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn't likely to.

GAIN WEIGHT - Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.

TAKE PLENTY OF STIMULANTS - The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

AVOID "WOO-WOO" PRACTICES LIKE NLP - Ignore the evidence suggesting that meditation, yoga, deep breathing, and/or mental imaging help to reduce stress. The Protestant work ethic is good for everyone, Protestant or not.

GET RID OF YOUR SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEM - Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time. If a few people persist in trying to be your friend, avoid them.

PERSONALIZE ALL CRITICISM - Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, house, or car is mounting a personal attack. Don't take time to listen, be offended, then return the attack!

THROW OUT YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR - Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it shouldn't be treated as one.

MALES AND FEMALES ALIKE - BE MACHO - Never ever ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself!

BECOME A WORKAHOLIC - Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home evenings and weekends. Keep reminding yourself that vacations are for sissies.

DISCARD GOOD TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS - Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance.

PROCRASTINATE - Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvellous amount of stress.

WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL - Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, global warming, you know, all the big issues.

BECOME NOT ONLY A PERFECTIONIST BUT SET IMPOSSIBLY HIGH STANDARDS... and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you don't meet them.

Paul

 

   


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