Stress Sucks

Jun 11, 08 Stress Sucks

Stress overload sucks away your energy, your health and well-being. The common cultural belief about stress is that if you’re not stressed, you’re not working hard enough. Right? Stress equals success? Wrong. It’s better to be in the “flow.” This is the mental state defined by positive psychologist Mihály Csíkszentmihályi. In the “flow” is being fully immersed in what you’re doing by having a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity. EFT helps you get in the flow by releasing blocked or negative energy that results from stress.

If you’re not using EFT or another method for releasing your stress, start doing it for your own good. Excess stress has a cumulative effect on your mental and physical health. Over time, it’s degenerative. Of course, one alternative to using EFT is the “Costanza Strategy.” Just fake it like you’re busy or stressed. That what George Costanza of Seinfeld did. Here’s his secret for looking stressed or busy at work.

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Elaine: Yeah. What do you do all day?

George: Not that much.

Elaine: uh-uh.

Jerry: I thought that new promotion was supposed to be a lot more work.

George: Yeah, when the season starts. Right now, I sit around pretending that I’m busy.

Jerry: How do you pull that off?

George: I always look annoyed. Yeah, when you look annoyed all the time, people think that you’re busy. Think about it… (acts annoyed for 3 seconds).

Elaine: Yeah, you do! He looks very busy!

Jerry: Yeah, he looks busy! Yeah!

George: I know what I’m doin’. In fact Mr. Wilhelm gave me one of those little stress dolls.

All right. (gets up) Back to work. (acts annoyed and leaves)

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Of course, another great stress reliever strategy is humor.

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