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Stress as an Engineer

Stress as an Engineer

Everyone Has Stress

Stress is a natural bodily function.  It is a response to external stimuli that has allowed our species to survive since inception.  The stress function present millennia ago is still present in our genome.  This is a like having a crane at the ready to lift a pencil.  It is complete overkill, and may actually make things worse.

How to Deal With It

A good method of dealing with stress that has recently gained scientific credence (always of importance to Engineers) is to perform mindfulness meditation.  This is not as out-there as it sounds, requiring only a few minutes of time with no incense or mind-enhancements necessary.  My personal favorite tool for performing mindfulness meditation is Headspace, followed closely by Calm.  For having a true guided meditation session I cannot recommend Headspace enough, but Calm is the premier solution for relaxation while trying to also keep working.

Headspace is an app that was created by Andy Puddicombe after returning from training to be a Buddhist monk.  It features guided sessions that span from just starting to learn meditation in ten minutes, to almost entirely unguided sessions that last over an hour.

Calm is a website that features guided meditation sessions that are overlaid onto it's most significant feature: natural environment video and sound loops.  The sessions span almost as many subjects as Headspace, with almost as many guide levels.  However, the true reason to give Calm a try is to simply be able to sit back and listen to a mountain lake in a low wind while working (without coworkers ever having to know, if you have headphones).

 

Keeping Track of the Busy Life

Keeping Track of the Busy Life

The Mechanical Engineer: An Introduction

The Mechanical Engineer: An Introduction