Work Relieves Stress For Many

Work Relieves Stress For Many

Deb Bright discusses findings of a TIPP Poll if immersing ourselves in our work can reduce stress. She also offers a few stress-relieving tips.

Dr. Deborah S Bright

Have you given any thought to whether work helps to alleviate other stresses in your life? After all, plenty of things can cause stress these days! Just look at all of the uncertainty within organizations about whether or not to work remotely. Then there is having to deal with information or disinformation about wearing or not wearing masks and the heightened threat of the Delta variant. On top of all this, what’s happening in your personal life? It’s no wonder that stress levels for many of us are on the rise!

Will burying ourselves in our work help to minimize or alleviate stress?

Well, many survey respondents nationwide weighed in on this question as part of a recent national TIPP Poll. Findings revealed that while 49% of women believe that work is a great stress reliever from other stresses in their life, men scored a surprising 66%.  Overall, 57% think work is a stress reliever.  

TIPP Poll Results: Americans stress, and work.

What captured my curiosity is that 37% of women disagreed and 14% were unsure! Interestingly, according to the TIPP Poll, it didn’t matter if the women respondents were single or married; the percentages were very similar.

TIPP Poll Results: Americans and work relieving other life stresses

Sharing these findings with many working people generated robust and exciting conversations. Here’s a summary of their opinions on what may account for many women not viewing work as a stress reliever of other stresses in their lives!

  • Women may be more honest and open about their feelings than men.
  • Women may feel more pressure to be in the workforce today than years ago when it was more of an option. For many, being away from their young ones while at work isn’t desirable and produces more stress than it alleviates.
  • In many households, women still take on the bulk of household and child-rearing responsibilities. Working simply adds to their list of duties. As one female executive explained, “Work is a diversion from my other stresses in life, but not a reliever.”
  • If female respondents are working remotely due to the pandemic, they may feel the blur between work and home life. How many times during Zoom calls have dogs, cats, and little ones entered the stage during meetings? It’s the “blur” that may leave many women feeling as if the stress is always there.

Whether work serves as a stress reliever or not isn’t as important as finding ways to break away so that you can come back more charged up and willing to face the stresses in your life. Here are two easy-to-implement tips to get you started immediately:

Tip 1: Find A Diversion That Requires Your Full Attention

Exercising may typically be the first thing that comes to mind. The critical thing here is not just any exercise. It’s best to engage in a game of tennis, racquetball, basketball, or football. You get the gist! It’s an activity that needs your full attention. Walking and running are great forms of exercise, but not for what you’re trying to achieve here!

If you are not into exercising, you might try playing with your children, woodworking, or engaging in another hobby that requires all of your attention!

Tip 2: Achieve Some Level Of Accomplishment

Finding something that you can get engaged in is excellent, but what’s energizing is experiencing some level of accomplishment. For example, reading a book, you’ve been wanting to dive into or even reading that technical article will give you a sense of accomplishment. Cooking something brand-new where you become the chemist in the kitchen also works, as does calling or emailing a friend you feel you’ve neglected.

Remember that these tips aren’t intended to resolve the stresses in your life; however, they’ll help position you to come back from your break feeling stronger and with greater determination to better deal with your stresses!

Deborah Bright is the founder and president of Bright Enterprises, Inc., an executive coaching and training organization, and the author of six books, including The Truth Doesn’t Have to Hurt: How to Use Criticism to Strengthen Relationships, Improve Performance, and Promote Change (AMACOM, 2014).


TIPP Takes

Chinese Dredging Incursions Have Risen Dramatically

A Taiwanese coastguard monitors a Chinese sand-dredging ship off the Matsu Islands © Reuters
A Taiwanese coastguard monitors a Chinese sand-dredging ship off the Matsu Islands © Reuters.

The number of incursions into Taiwanese waters by Chinese dredgers last year was 54 times greater than three years ago, a report from the National Audit Office shows.

Last year, there were 3,974 incursions into Taiwanese waters by dredgers compared with 73 in 2018, with 86 percent of the incidents in Penghu County, the report shows.

The dredgers come to steal sand and fish from near the county's coastlines. This activity is difficult to control, given that Chinese authorities ignore requests from the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) to investigate or stop the dredging.

Last year, the Legislative Yuan passed an amendment that increased the maximum prison sentence for dredging to seven years and raised the maximum fine to NT $100 million (US $3.58 million), but whether the new terms would be an effective deterrent remains unknown.


Ethnic Chinese Leaving North Korea Sign Pledge Not To Return Through 2023

People walk below the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Yalu River between China and North Korea, in the Chinese city of Dandong, Feb. 22, 2019.
People walk below the Friendship Bridge, which spans the Yalu River between China and North Korea, in the Chinese city of Dandong, Feb. 22, 2019.

The North Korea-China border may remain closed for some time, analysts in Seoul say.

Ethnic Chinese stranded in North Korea when the border was closed last year amid coronavirus concerns have been allowed by Pyongyang to return home, but only after promising not to return to the reclusive country before the end of 2023.

The closure of the Sino-North Korean border and the suspension of all travel and trade at the beginning of the pandemic in January 2020 has devastated a North Korean economy highly dependent on China. Commerce has dried up, factories lie idle for lack of raw materials, and food prices have risen as shortages worsen.

The ethnic Chinese, called "Hwagyo" in Korean, were authorized to leave for China on July 14 and quickly departed the country but were made to sign documents pledging not to come back, a source living in China recently told RFA's Korean Service.


U.S. Intelligence Community Fails To Determine COVID-19 Origin

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While denying the possibility that the virus was developed as a biological weapon, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a report, "All agencies assess that two hypotheses are plausible: natural exposure to an infected animal and a laboratory-associated incident."

The U.S. intelligence community has failed to determine the most likely origin of the novel coronavirus after further investigations, saying Friday it remains divided on whether the virus emerged from human contact with an infected animal or a laboratory incident.

In May, President Joe Biden, who asked the intelligence community to "redouble" its efforts to investigate the virus's origins, vowed to continue working with like-minded partners to press China to share information fully.  The pandemic killed more than 4.4 million people around the world.

According to the unclassified summary, the virus probably emerged and infected humans through an initial small-scale exposure that occurred no later than November 2019, with the first known cluster of COVID-19 cases in Wuhan in December 2019.


Senegalese Builders Reject Concrete For An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Senegalese Builders Reject Concrete For An Eco-Friendly Alternative

Doudou Dème, engineer, founder of Elementerre, the startup in question, says the bricks are more eco-friendly.

In Senegal, concrete is cheap and omnipresent. Yet, some builders are reverting to earth bricks and revisiting traditional building methods to provide better insulation and heat protection for buildings.

This approach, used by a minority and requiring precise know-how, stands out from the development of the Senegalese capital, which is undergoing rapid and sometimes anarchic urbanization.

Traditional Senegalese houses were built of mud, although this has since been abandoned. Today, Dakar's sidewalks are covered with sand and stone piles that have been combined with cement to produce cheap construction blocks.

Earth bricks, unlike concrete, take minimal energy to manufacture. According to the British think tank Chatham House, cement, the primary component in concrete, accounts for 8% of carbon emissions.

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