The most stressful thing about stress is its lack of clarity. It is a scary umbrella term for all sorts of things, some of which aren’t scary at all. When I say I’m stressed I usually mean one of three things:
- that I’m too busy, for which the answer is to do less.
- Or that I’m too tired, for which the answer is to go to bed.
- Or that I’m anxious, for which the answer is to deal directly with the thing that I’m worrying about.
To wipe out stress in one easy step by banning the word, and thus forcing people to identify more precisely what it is that ails them.