3 Simple and 1 Fun Tool for Quickly Relieving Stress in Your Frantic Life

Claudia Brose
9 min readApr 22, 2022

Unless you like to keep stress as your status maker

Me in the Dolomites | Photo © John McDermott

We know the world should slow down a bit.

We are constantly under pressure, overworked, and rushed. When the pressure and demands become excessive or otherwise unmanageable it leads to stress.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declares “stress” as the “Health Epidemic of the 21st Century”.

As it goes with natural disasters, pandemics and terror, we prefer to ignore the signs.

No business or 24-hour career pusher wants to hear it, but we all need to slow down. Massively and collectively.

Ages ago, when I was working in an ad agency, I often felt motivated and energized by the frantic pace, changing stimulations, and constant interactions. Positive stress.

Then I hit the point where each project, meeting, and client encounter felt rushed, hectic and superficial with no time to breathe. Negative stress.

Stress is an ambivalent thing

Like everything else on this planet, stress too is an ambivalent thing. It can have its good sides and bad sides. In the short-term stress can be positive, it makes you perform well, and motivates and stimulates you. In the long run, it sucks everything out of you.

Let’s start with what stress actually means.

Considering that I cannot change the collective behavior with one blog post — let’s see what any stressed person can do right now glaring stressed out at their screen.

Stress sucks you up

Stress can damage an employee’s health and business performance. It is estimated that it cost American businesses up to $300 billion a year. (WHO).

There is often confusion between pressure or challenge and stress, and sometimes this is used to excuse bad management practice.

Permanent stress is a strong physical strain that can lead to serious health issues, on our mental and physical health. Yet, the world keeps going at light speed.

I believe that in the long run, it’s not about how we deal with stress, it’s about…

Claudia Brose

Writer, Event-Creator, Marketing Professional turned Rebel against a rushed world | Japan mad | Cyclist | Get my Newsletter Un-Rush claudiabrose.substack.com