Stress causes high blood pressure, headaches, twitches in a body’s limbs, facial tics, premature balding, premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, world hunger, saggy boobies, Tourette syndrome (which is, in my humble opinion, is the coolest of all the syndromes… son of a b#$@*, mother %$@!*&^ bas#$rd, %*&# sucking @$$ licker!) and, I believe, the gout.
Now I am going to share with you my tried and true methodology for surviving, and even defeating, stress: uh, and now come the words of calming inspiration that will lead so many of you to a higher level of satisfaction with your lives. This is the part where I share the sure-fired method of stress relief that have made my abilities to deal with stress legendary. Here it comes… are you ready? Are you ready to completely change your life and eliminate the stress that plagues your every move? Well? Are you?
Yeah, so am I. sigh ( meek sigh of hopelessness).
Ok, so I don’t have an answer to the question of stress. In fact, I am probably the last person on the planet who would hold any sort of credentials in the field of stress-relief. Stress wears on me like one of Rosie O’Donnell’s chins… completely worthless and grosser than snot on a sneeze guard at the all-you-can-eat buffet.
When stress attacks me, I turn into a gelatinous glob of goo: weak at every joint with muscles resembling over-cooked pasta. My mind converts from semi-functional to a position of complete worthlessness… and my vocabulary resembles that of a Tourette’s victim in full dysfunction-mode. Stress renders me almost completely unusable. I know that certain people thrive under stress… I am not one of these people (crap, I don’t think I am worthy of cleaning dog poop off the bottom of these people’s shoes when stress attacks).
I have a coworker who seems to have stress all figured out. He says he can control his stress-level with breathing techniques. He also speaks of positive and negative energies and some sort of life-force that connects us to the earth by means of our groin areas. All of this aside, he also does not eat meat, which he feels better keeps his alkalinity level on the appropriate path to… uh… enlightenment, or something. Ok, so I don’t have anyone at work I can turn to.
I know that nothing is too big for God, and if I just turn it all over to Him, life will be much better. So, will God speak to the next pissed-off customer that I have to deal with? Will God make things that are completely out of my control somehow suddenly become under my control? Of course God won’t do this. I believe God is trying to teach me patience and perseverance… two things that stress the crap out of me.
Ok, so how I deal with stress is by hitting stuff. I get stressed out and I hit stuff… and the more stressed out I am the harder I hit. There is still a dent in the refrigerator door in the break room at Alltel that I believe I fractured a knuckle creating. I am not proud of this dent (ok, maybe a little proud ) I got a little stressed at work this past Friday and I ended up punching my desk… my solid-wood desk. The desk is fine; one of my knuckles is still bleeding a little bit. This behavior cannot be healthy, and I am constantly getting on my kids for dealing with stress in an aggressive manner… but, man, when you get that little bit of pain-thing going when you are all stressed-out… your mind clears just a little bit. Your focus comes into a bit more of… well… focus.
I think every employer should be required to install a punching bag in a discreet location at every place of employment in America. You have to deal with a screaming customer… take ten and tackle the bag. You find out that something is broken that you cannot fix… and you are going to have to pass this information along to people who rely on your service for not only their entertainment but, in certain instances, their livelihood… take five and work it out on the bag.
I have tried to talk my wife into moving the family to Alaska. You know, a little shack up in the wild. We’ll trap critters and sell the furs for cash to buy the basics… such as fruit and vegetables, flour, medicine, and toilet paper. I’ll kill all the meat we need. We can home-school the boys and we will hardly ever have to deal with another person on this entire planet other than those we have selected to spend our lives with. We will have little… but that won’t matter because we won’t have the TV screaming at us what we need to own to be important. The grass will never seem greener… because there will be no neighbors. We will have the basics, we will have the adventure associated with living on our own in the middle of the majestic nothingness and beauty of the untamed wilderness, and we will have each other. Stress would be almost non-existent. But… my wife kind of likes electricity. Damn electricity!
Ok, I am pretty sure that I will never have control over the stress in my life. I am pretty sure there is a heart-attack in my not-too-distant future. There may not be hope for me… but I think I may have discovered a methodology for surviving, and even defeating, stress:
Hit stuff… hard! And, if that doesn’t work, move the family to a shack in Alaska.