Stress: a condition that evolved to keep us alert and on edge while tiptoeing through the lion infested plains of Africa. This stressed condition would allow our “fight or flight” response to be triggered instantly and enable us to erupt into action (although, the ancestors who chose the “fight” option against a pride of lions were almost certainly removed from the gene pool).
Nowadays though, stress comes to us more in the form of a slow, impending lava flow than an eruption. But, if left unchecked, it can pervade our lives, causing damage, not only to our minds and productivity, but doing serious harm to our bodies too.
Some of us are more susceptible to stress than others and although there are ways of dealing with stress, not all of these ways are obvious.
About 15 years ago, if you were to search the word “stress” online, you were likely to get results like:
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Fast-forward 15 years to today and the same search will return results like:
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So, what’s going on here?
Well, in the past decade, the world has become an ever more hectic place to live. A lot of us have been affected directly and indirectly by incidents happening globally. We’ve had wars, global warming, corrupt presidents, H1N1, Covid-19 a collapsing global economy (TWICE), famine, mass migration and Kanye West.
All of this causes stress and lots of it. Some of us have minds built like bamboo which are more resilient and can bend with the winds of stress that blow their way. Others have a few months of being too stressed, pitch up to work with an AK-47 and mow down a couple dozen co-workers.
The point is, we all react very differently to stress. A little stress is normal. Ever since our ancestors climbed down from the trees, began walking upright and built an unnatural civilisation based on money, people have been feeling more and more stressed. But too much stress can make life far more challenging.
We need to acquire the skills and techniques to deal with it and ensure that both we, and those around us, are less likely to suffer the negative effects.
Signs you are suffering from stress
Although we all experience stress differently, some common symptoms include:
- Difficulty sleeping
- Kicking the dog for no apparent reason
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Stomach pain
- Teeth grinding
- Panic attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Crying during sad movies
- Sweaty hands or feet
- Pain/tightness in your chest
- Excessive sleeping
- Gun shopping
- Crying during happy movies
- Road rage
- Social isolation
- Feeling life is pointless
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Fantasies about murdering co-workers
- and obsessive or compulsive behaviours
More examples of stress symptoms can be found here at The American Institute of Stress website.
It’s imperative to remember that you are not alone. No matter how terrible and hopeless you feel, there are others who have gone through exactly what you are dealing with and there are ways to get better.
Stress “has become one of the most serious health issues of the 20th century and a worldwide epidemic,” it is time to start growing our tools in handling stress (“Workplace Stress,” 2018).
It’s important also to recognise if you have any underlying disorders which may be exacerbated by the stress you’re currently under. Two articles that will assist you (or a loved one) in identifying a potential underlying disorder are 10 Types of Depression and 18 Mental Conditions You Should know.
What is stress?
Stress is the “psychological, physiological and behavioural response by an individual when they perceive a lack of equilibrium between the demands placed upon them and their ability to meet those demands, which, over a period of time, leads to ill-health” (Palmer, 1989).
Why is Stress Necessary?
Historically, stress has always been a proactive warning mechanism that alerted us to danger. If we were crossing a crocodile infested river, Cortisol (the stress hormone) would flood our bloodstream heightening our senses and priming us to fight or flee in a split second’s notice.
If we actually came into contact with danger, our instincts would completely take over triggering our “fight or flight” response. When this response is triggered we are largely passengers as our lizard brains takeover and allow our bodies to act without thought (not unlike any one of the Kardashians).
It’s actually a fairly amazing process that worked very well when humans lived very primitive lives long before the advent of any type of civilisation.
Stress (and fight or flight) has remained part of our evolutionary tool kit because of its usefulness in survival even in today’s world. “When used at the right time, triggering stress increases our awareness and improves physical performance in short bursts” (Van Duyne, 2003).
When is Stress Harmful?
Our world has changed rapidly and continues to do so. Take televisions as an obscure example. From the 1950’s until the mid 1990’s (45 years) TV’s barely changed at all. But since then, we’ve had rear-projection TV’s, Plasma TV’s, LCD, LED, 4K super HD curved screens and holographic televisions are now in the works. And the programmes we watch are beamed to us digitally via satellites and wireless networks to our smart phones while we ride the underground tubes. All of this would have been almost unimaginable 20 years ago.
Imagine what the next 20 years will bring us..
Rapid changes to our world and repeated exposure of the stress response on our bodies is leading to long-lasting psychological and physical health issues; these include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, anxiety , depression and other types of mental illness (“How Does Stress Affect Us?”, 2016).
Stress vs Burnout
What’s the difference between stress and burnout?
Stress is inevitable. Burnout is not. If stress is driving too fast then burnout is the crash. If you can figure out ways to slow down, the crash is less likely to happen.
American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger first termed the word “burnout” in the 1970s, referring to the effect of extreme stress and high ideals placed on “helping” professionals, such as doctors and nurses (“Depression: What is burnout?”, 2018).
What is Stress Management?
Put simply, stress management is:
“a set of techniques and programs intended to help people deal more effectively with stress in their lives by analysing the specific stressors and taking positive actions to minimize their effects” (Gale Encyclopaedia of Medicine, 2008).
Popular examples of stress management include Meditation and exercise.
It’s important to realise that, aiming for a totally stress-free life is unrealistic. You don’t want to be wondering through traffic meditating with your eyes closed as life passes you by. Stress is unavoidable and a natural, primal response to certain stimuli which we experience from time to time and it’s not always a bad thing.
We need to identify stresses in our lives, recognise when it’s becoming too much and learn to manage it.
14 Facts About Stress and Burnout
If you’re not yet convinced about the need to prioritise stress management, these 14 facts might help:
- Telogen effluvium is the result of hair loss caused by stress that can happen up to three months after a stressful event (McEwen, 2003).
- Researchers have found that stress worsens acne, more so than the prevalence of oily skin (Warner, 2002).
- Stress has been referred to as the “silent killer” as it can cause heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, and an irregular heartbeat (Chilnick, 2008). It can also be a “not so silent killer” if a co-worker goes postal.
- Stress can cause weight gain too. The stress hormone cortisol has been found to cause both the accumulation of abdominal fat and the enlargement of fat cells, causing “diseased” fat (Chilnick, 2008). As if fat wasn’t bad enough.
- Correlations have been found between stress and the top six causes of death: cancer, lung ailments, heart disease, liver cirrhosis, accidents, and suicide (“How Does Stress Affect Us?”, 2019).
- In children, chronic stress has been found to negatively impact their developmental growth due to a reduction of the growth hormone in the pituitary gland (Van der Kolk, B. et. al., 2007).
- The word itself, “stress” stems from the Latin word stringere, meaning “to draw tight” (McEwen, 2003).
- In the event of chronic stress, dominant hormones are released into our brain. These hormones are intended for short-term emergencies and in the event where they exist for extended periods they can shrink, impair and kill brain cells (Wallenstein, 2003).
- Stress accounts for 30% of all infertility problems. In women, stress can cause spasms in the fallopian tubes and uterus. In men, it can reduce sperm count and cause erectile dysfunction (Bouchez, 2018).
- Stress can increase the likelihood of developing blood clots since the blood prepares itself for injuries and becomes “stickier” (Chilnick, 2008).
- Chronic stress can place pressure on, and cause damage to arteries and organs. This occurs due to inflation in our bodies caused by cytokines (a result of stress) (McEwen, 2003).
- Stress is also responsible for altering our blood sugar levels, which can lead to fatigue, hyperglycaemia, mood swings, and metabolic syndrome (“How Does Stress Affect Us?”, 2016).
- On a positive note, we can reduce our stress levels by laughing. Having a chuckle, lowers the stress hormones, including cortisol, epinephrine, and adrenaline. Laughing also strengthens our immune system by releasing positive hormones (Wallenstein, 2003).
- More good news, especially for chocolate lovers—dark chocolate has been found to reduce stress hormones (Wallenstein, 2003).
22 Ways to Manage Stress (stress management tools)
Before discussing stress management techniques, there are a few things we need to try first.
1. Understand your stress
Everyone is different so, recognising the way in which you stress affords you insight into what to avoid, when to take a break or how to better handle potential problems should they arise.
2. Identify your stress sources
What causes you to be stressed? Is it a bunch of backward hillbilly family members, money problems, physical problems or perhaps you just have one of those bosses who is a maniacal, narcissistic, backstabbing cow who deserves 13 years on an ant infested desert island with no shade or sun cream (sorry.. had a little flashback there).
3.Learn to recognize stress signals
We all process stress differently so it’s important to be aware of your individual stress symptoms. What are your internal alarm bells? It’s no good becoming aware that you’re running naked down the Highstreet waving a gun singing “I am the walrus”.. Because by then it’s too late my friend. You need to become aware of the stress signs such as headaches, stomach pains (or a combination from the above ‘Signs of stress’) before they take hold of you.
4. Recognise your stress strategies
What is your go-to tactic for calming down? These can be behaviours learned over years and sometimes aren’t the healthy option. For example, some people cope with stress by self-medicating with alcohol, overeating or driving erratically down the street in your neighbour’s van with him and the spare wheel loose in the back.
5. Implement healthy stress management strategies
Becoming aware of your mind, your body and different scenario’s around you periodically during the day is a skill that has changed many people’s lives. There are a number of ways to practise this but meditation (mindfulness) is the best by far. Meditation is one of those words that we often hear but don’t quite appreciate. It’s associated with weirdly dressed people chanting or with annoying Silicon Valley billionaires. But meditation and mindfulness really can help you place some daylight between yourself and what’s bothering you.
6. Make self-care a priority
When we make time for ourselves, we put our well-being before others. This can feel selfish to start, but it is like the airplane analogy—we must put our own oxygen mask on before we can assist others. If you don’t practise this, you will give of yourself until you are totally depleted and most of those who you gave to don’t reciprocate.
7. Ask for support when needed
Even before you’re feeling overwhelmed, reach out to a friend or family member you can talk to. Don’t wait until you are in a blind panic before you ask for help. Ask others to lessen the load and assist you when you need it. Speaking with a healthcare professional can also reduce stress. Sure, some of them are shit, but find one who isn’t, one who you connect with. It saved my life and it may just be what saves yours.
8. Enhance your sleep quality.
Folks who are chronically stressed often suffer from lack of adequate sleep and, in some cases, stress-induced insomnia. Begin winding down an hour or two before you go to sleep and engage in calming activities such as listening to relaxing music, reading an enjoyable book, or practicing relaxation techniques like meditation. A good sleep can be like a superpower.
9. Be active not passive
When we’re assertive, we can ask for what we require or explain what is bothering us. Letting out what is bothering us in place of keeping it bottled up is a massive help to preventing severe stress (or a sound beating of whomever is causing it). The key is doing this in a fair and firm manner while still having empathy for others.
10. Reduce the noise
Technology has taken over our lives. We sometimes spend more time attending to the beeps and blips of our devices these days than actually thinking about work progress. Don’t believe me? When last did you head off to the bathroom to “drop the kids at the pool” and not also take your mobile with you? Imagine telling someone 25 years ago that we wouldn’t be able to pop off to the corner store without taking a telephone with us. They’d have thought we were bonkers.
Put it on silent. Turn off social media and private email notifications. Liking a pic of Neville’s new face hair effort can wait until you’re at home. Take walks without your phone. When you return, you’ll see that the world didn’t end and you can then have a chuckle at those Trump memes.
11. Manage your time
Once you’re spending less of your day on your mobile, it’s time to prioritise things. We do this at home almost constantly. If the tap has begun dripping and our child is crying, it’s easy to prioritise which of those needs attending to first. We don’t attempt to soothe the child while attending to the plumbing.
But often at work we see items as being equal in importance. This causes us stress. So, prioritise the most important things first. Set up your emails so they go into relevant files. It’s stressful to see 200 emails in your inbox, but three quarters of them are things you’ve been cc’d on, notifications from Jeff in technical about a server issue that doesn’t concern you or rubbish about some person you’ve never heard of getting promoted.
You don’t have 200 emails; you have 20 things to attend to and 180 subject headings that waste your time.
You can learn more about Time Management with this great book on the subject.
12. Creating boundaries
You teach people how to treat you. Remember those words.. You teach people how to treat you.
Boundaries are the internal set of rules that we establish for ourselves. They outline what behaviours we will and won’t accept, how much time and space we need from others, and what priorities we have.
If you are invited to a social event at the weekend, but you’ve not had any time for yourself, the idea of reading a book and eating Chinese take-out sounds like your dream. But you’re afraid of hurting someone’s feelings if you don’t attend.
It’s helpful to consider what you would do, if no one cared either way. If no one cares, maybe you decide to have a low-key evening by yourself. If someone really cares, and that relationship matters to you, then you’d probably benefit more from making an appearance at the event. But learn to say “no” to things you don’t want to attend.
13. Get out of your head
Most of us spend our days being buffeted by thoughts and emotions like tall grass in a field. We feel about as much in control of this as the tide. Sometimes we just need a break. Distract yourself. Watch a movie, phone or catch up with a friend, go for a walk, or do something positive that you know takes your mind off things.
If you’re at work, go grab a coffee. Use the time to look around, notice where you are. Look at the sky. Did you know that the earth and you are moving around the sun at about 220 kilometres per second or 492,126 miles per hour? You’re not just sipping your coffee standing still, you’re part of an unimaginable universe. You’ve been born into wonder and will be alive for a tiny fraction of time. Try and appreciate things more, take a deep breath, look up.
14. Affirmations and imagery
The power of positive imagery and affirmations is now scientifically proven to increase positive emotions.
How? Well, when you think of a positive experience, your brain perceives it to be a reality and the same chemicals that you would feel in a positive experience are released.
Don’t believe me? Imagine walking up to your fridge at home. You open it to find a small plate with sliced lemon. Nothing else in the fridge, just the sliced lemon. You take a piece with your right hand. It’s icy cold, and wet. It drips on your bottom lip as you move the piece of lemon to your open mouth. You bite into it and the sour fruity taste grips your whole face..
Did your mouth begin to water just then? I bet it did. How? It was just a positive thought. But thoughts can get your body and mind to react. Your mum was right, think happy thoughts.
Regarding affirmations: they do not “attract” things into your life, they can actually change your behaviour making it more likely for you to act in a way which may potentially achieve the desired result. Let’s look at an example.
You’re in a job you hate and you want a new one. Without affirmations, you might pop your CV on the odd job site and apply here and there hoping to secure another position. But if you tell yourself 100 times a day that you will have a new job in 3 months, you are more likely to behave in a proactive way which would increase your chances of getting a job.
Whereas before the affirmations you were applying to 3 jobs a week, with the affirmations and you constantly thinking about your new job, studies have shown that you are more likely to apply for more jobs, tell people you’re applying for jobs and come up with more ideas about how to find more job vacancies. All of these behaviours increase your chances of success.
That’s how affirmations work. But there is no such thing as attracting stuff into your life just by believing you already have it and “The Secret” is nonsense, don’t waste your time with the movie or book. Studies have actually shown that, if you believe you already have something, then you are less likely to work hard at getting it.
15. Cognitive Restructuring
In the mid-1950’s psychologist Dr. Albert Ellis developed cognitive restructuring, a technique for understanding negative emotions and challenging the sometimes-incorrect beliefs that cause them. Cognitive restructuring is a key component of Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). More about CBT here.
16. ABC Technique
The letters ABC stand for; A – adversity, or the stressful event. B – beliefs, or the way that you respond to the event. Then C – consequences, the result of your beliefs lead to the actions and outcome of that event.
Essentially, the more optimistic your beliefs, the more positive the outcome. People say they can’t believe something that isn’t true, really? Half the negative stuff you believe isn’t real either, but you allow that to make you depressed and stressed, why not flip that? Just pretend, try it.
17. Diet and Exercise
We all have our favourite comfort foods. They taste great and make us feel good (for the short term anyway). But they make us look less than great in the long run and this adds to us feeling stressed and bad about ourselves. Where your diet is concerned, always do your best to play the long game because it’s far more difficult to feel bad when you look great.
Smoking is poison to your body and mind, it’s like trying to run an F1 engine with old cooking fat. Sugar is also poison. I stay away from sugar during the week and, when I allow myself to indulge a little with a chocolate at the weekend, I do enjoy it, but I get terrible headaches. Do your best to cut sugar down or out of your life, the benefits are huge.
Eat a healthy diet, eat breakfast and snack on an apple or some beef jerky between meals, it’ll help keep your blood sugar up and you won’t go berserk eating lunch and dinner.
Exercise is incredible in lowering stress, improving mood, helping cognitive function and keeping you healthy. When I lived in London, I worked for one of the big media owners. There was massive pressure and long hours. Fortunately, we had a gym in the building and my boss would hit the gym for a 20min run whenever he needed to clear his head and feel better. He would come back energised, bright-eyed and bushy tailed with great new ideas. We humans evolved to constantly be on the move and you should move whenever you can.
Most psychiatrists worth their metal suggest exercise as a part of their treatment to everyone who comes to them with mental issues. It just works, you simply Must exercise every day if you are able.
Meditation teaches techniques such as relaxation and mindfulness. Meditation for humans is like flight to birds. It takes a little dedication to learn, but once mastered, can be employed at any time to make life so much easier and more pleasurable.
HeadSpace has a great guided meditation app which can teach you the steps to mastering this skill.
19. Build Resilience
Resiliency is our ability to bounce back from stressful or negative experiences.
To simplify, resilient people are skilled at accepting that the situation has occurred, they learn from what transpired and then they move on with fewer residual effects than those less resilient folks. Some are genetically hardwired with this skill, others of us need to practise and build up resilience.
Often, we are more resilient than we think and we only discover this in times of adversity. Our bodies and minds are pretty fantastic pieces of kit designed to withstand an onslaught of different pressures. You are stronger than you think, much stronger.
You cannot change the past. Let it go, live in the present moment, plan for the future.
20. Talk it out
A problem shared is a problem halved as the saying goes. Don’t hold it all inside. Talk to someone close to you about your worries or the things getting you down. Sharing worries with someone close really can cut them in half, and also give you a chance to laugh at potentially absurd situations.
If speaking to friends or loved ones isn’t your thing, then chat with a professional. There are free services you can get in touch with, they are great and will offer you some perspective. Heck, I once had the most wonderful conversation with a homeless guy in San Francisco. We spoke about problems and life for hours and I got more value from his insight than anyone I’d ever met. Successful people don’t always have the answers, not all of them have failed many times, that’s just a meme. Sometimes it takes someone who has lived through failures to offer the best advice.
Sleep is a secret superpower that is available to almost everyone. Getting a good night’s sleep is fundamental for recharging and dealing with stressful situations in the best possible way. While it varies from individual to individual, on the exact amount of sleep needed, an uninterrupted sleep of approximately 8 hours is generally recommended.
Intimacy, both physical and emotional is very useful in releasing endorphins which helps to reduce stress levels and increasing a sense of well-being. Sexual intimacy in particular though can actually be used as a stress management technique. It’s a fun and healthy activity so, have as much sex as you desire or explore some sex tips to spice up your love life.
Stress in The Workplace
Workplace stress is the harmful physical and emotional responses that can happen when there is a conflict between job demands on the employee and the amount of control an employee has over meeting these demands. In general, the combination of high demands in a job and a low amount of control over the situation can lead to stress.
Work is often cited as a source of the most stress in people’s lives. Whether it be extended hours, near impossible deadlines, demanding colleagues or unappreciative bosses, this type of stress is something many people are familiar with.
But the effects of workplace stress aren’t simply isolated to the workplace; they spill over into our personal relationships, our home lives, and our overall productivity.
Duke University found that workplace stress was responsible for over 70% of workplace accidents, 50% of absenteeism, and over $300 billion in associated costs (“Stress Facts in the Workplace,” 2018).
Below is a list of the 10 most and least stressful jobs in America. What I would like to draw your attention to is why some of these jobs are stressful and why. And if you were to change your job, how much less stress do you think you might encounter. I’ll highlight what I mean below these lists.
The 10 most stressful jobs in the US
- Enlisted military personnel
- Airline pilot
- Police officer
- Event coordinator
- News Reporter
- Public relations executive
- Senior corporate executive
- Taxi driver
The 10 least stressful jobs in the US
- Diagnostic medical sonographer
- Compliance officer
- Hair stylist
- University professor
- Medical records technician
- Operations research analyst
- Pharmacy technician
- Massage therapist
Hair stylist is 3rd on the list of least stressful jobs as one might imagine and a dream job for someone who enjoys chatting and styling hair. But the exact same job would be an absolute horror show for someone who suffers with Trichophobia. Trichophobia is a persistent and sometimes debilitating fear of hair, particularly seeing or touching loose hairs on the body, clothing, or elsewhere.
Someone suffering with this disorder and being a hair stylist would be akin to someone with arachnophobia working at a tarantula petting zoo.
Firefighter is reported to be the 2nd most stressful job in America and one can certainly see why. At any moment a firefighter might be called to run into a burning building to save the lives of the slowly melting occupants. “No thank you” says someone like me (though I admire and appreciate these brave souls more than words can express).
But to a pyromaniac, being called out to fires (that they have likely started) would be one deeply fulfilling experience after another as they raced from fire to fire. This is, of course, a ridiculous example but it makes my point nicely.
Not all of us can pick and choose jobs that we innately love, some folks just have to take what they can get to put food on the table, I get it. But do some research, look around, the world is changing rapidly and working 9 to 5 no longer needs to be the norm. A few years ago, I was in London working for, what turned out to be, a cocaine fuelled, bum grabbing alcoholic.
I obviously wanted nothing to do with a boss like that and began looking around at ways to make money online and eventually discovered how to be successful at it. When the Coronavirus swept across the world my ex boss’s business, like so many others, was ravaged. Whereas I felt no financial effect at all. He went from having zero stress to being near bankrupt and I went from huge stress to none at all. I placed myself in an economy proof career which I love and my stresses disappeared. You too can begin a dream life and online business. Take control of your life!
Prevention of Workplace Stress
If starting an online business and working from home is not for you because you really enjoy the work you do then the prevention of workplace stress is what you need to look more closely at.
The most successful way to mitigate stress and make a positive change is when a combination of both organisational change and individual stress management is used. That is, like any healthy relationship, both parties – the employee and the employer make an effort.
What can the company do to manage stress?
- Promote leave, rest and breaks
- Encourage exercise and meditation, both within and outside of work hours
- Ensure the workload is in line with workers’ abilities and resources
- Provide stimulation and opportunities for workers to use skills
- Boost workplace morale by creating opportunities for social interactions
- Clearly set out workers’ roles and responsibilities
- Encourage participation in decision making that affects individual’s roles
- Encourage open communication
- Establish no tolerance policy for workplace discrimination
- Engage an external consultant to suggest a fresh approach to any existing issues
- Create family-friendly policies to encourage work-life balance
- and provide training for workplace stress management
The figure below summarizes the benefits of workplaces that promote healthy and low-stress environments.
What if you do not have a healthy workplace, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon? Luckily, there are ways for individuals to manage their own stress.
Personal strategies for workplace stress management are to:
- Set realistic deadlines
- Learn how to say no
- Take a lunch break
- Go home on time
- Take your holiday leave
- Leave work at work
- Participate in work functions
- Establish open and professional communication
- Respect other employees
- Do not tolerate discrimination of any sort, report any instances
- Sign up for workplace training programs to develop and improve your skills
- If required, seek therapy to manage and develop skills to cope with workplace stressors
- and develop a healthy work-life balance, creating time for exercise
- Don’t gossip and don’t tolerate gossip either
Stress management advantages
The below table, from the WHO (2018) illustrates the advantages of workplace stress management:
Stress leads to poor cognitive function and poor health and poor Health Leads to Minimal Productivity
According to the American Department of Labour, productivity is the measure of economic performance that indicates how efficiently inputs are converted into outputs. When an employee is away from work due to an illness or stress related issues, there will likely be a case of poor productivity.
We’ve all experienced stress to one degree or another. Some of us are gifted with a solid foundation and mental constitution because of genetics combined with a good upbringing and great education.
Others struggle due to a lack of one or all of these factors. Speaking up in a meeting or in a social setting might cause them brain fog and heart palpitations. Working with a narcissistic and unkind boss might even cause you to become disillusioned about your entire career. Stress can wear us down and cause us to operate at a less than optimal level.
We take our work stress home with us and bring it back in the mornings. But before you become so highly strung that you walk in to the office and clothes-line your boss or that loud girl who sits by the window, or snap at your partner even, take a step back. Employ some of the techniques mentioned above. Recognise the early warning signs of stress and act before it becomes a problem.
It really isn’t worth it to live with a knot in your chest and a lump in your throat.
Life can and should be wonderful, even at work. It’s very important to enjoy where you spend a full third of your life.
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