Notes from An Alien

~ Explorations In Reading, Writing & Publishing ~

Stressed Out ?


Since my main goal here is, still, exploring Reading, Writing, and Publishing (take the survey to change my mind), I’ll say there is no favoritism in the eyes of Stress—Readers, Writers, and Publishers are all visited by this challenging Friend

Friend??

I’ll help you understand that in just a bit

By the way, if Readers, Writers, and Publishers all share in the dividends of Stress, imagine the Self-Published Writer (who undoubtedly Reads).

To aid in the explanation of how Stress can be your friend, consider its etymology and a synonym tree:

“Middle English (denoting hardship or force exerted on a person for the purpose of compulsion): shortening of  distress, or partly from Old French estresse ‘narrowness, oppression’, based on Latin strictus ‘drawn tight'”

stress

Now that we’ve reacquainted ourselves with Stress, let me introduce Kelly McGonigal—“PhD…a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University, and a leading expert in the new field of ‘science-help’. She is passionate about translating cutting-edge research from psychology, neuroscience, and medicine into practical strategies for health, happiness, and personal success.”

I’ll let her explain how stress can be your Friend:


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3 responses to “Stressed Out ?

  1. Jane Watson September 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

    I loved this video. I especially liked her comment at the end where she talked about ‘chasing meaning’…. I remember reading once that people suffered from writer’s block not because they had run out of ideas but because they were actually facing a ‘meaning crisis’ in their life. Writer’s often feel stressed about their work, their inability to write, their inability to get published etc. and I suspect this leads them to avoid ‘chasing meaning’ ie to try and avoid the stress of writing when in actual fact perhaps they should concentrate on throwing themselves into the stress of the work whilst viewing it as therapeutic. Perhaps we should all just concentrate on opening ourselves up to new and exciting meaning…:-)

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    • Alexander M Zoltai September 6, 2013 at 9:58 am

      Absolutely, Jane, as you say, “…we should all just concentrate on opening ourselves up to new and exciting meaning…”, and, if we can’t, for some reason, do the opening up, we should face the stressor head on and thank it for showing us where we need help :-)

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