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  • Writer's pictureBen Ciesinski

Let's be a little understanding...for the sake of our stress.

We watch the news every morning, both national and local, and I have been surprised to see some mistakes made from news anchors during the shows. Nothing major, of course, just little boo-boos here and there. At first I laugh, then eventually I think - does this person make mistakes often? This is New York (the big show), how is this person still working?

Now, not all mistakes are equal and each should be considered on a case by case basis. (No one died, was seriously injured, or hurt in any way from the mistakes referenced above.) But I know you can relate when I say the stress to be perfect 100% of the time is real. Some of you may be brain surgeons. For all the brain surgeons reading this - I'm sorry. Thank you for your service. You may need to be perfect all of the time.

This is a not a piece on cancel culture; we can talk about that another time. (I won't be talking about that.) This is about stress-management and (sorry for the cliche) living our best lives. Try to love what you are doing, or some aspect of what you are doing, and know that as humans, we are not perfect. We shouldn't need to carry around an additional stress on top of the regular life stressors like caring/worrying about family, paying the bills, inflation, the general state of our world, etc.

This need for perfection and constant flawless expectation can be highly detrimental to our health. I don't personally believe that most people who are dealing with a high level of stress are managing it well, even if they appear to be. We can exercise more. We can seek therapy. But these practices are bandages if the root of the cause does not change. Not many truly understand the affects of chronic stress until it has spiraled into a major health issue.

So if you supervise others (or generally interact with anyone ever) think about the mistakes we all make as humans. Is it life or death? What are the consequences? I think that if we practice forgiveness and understand that humans already have a lot on their plates, we could lower the the daily stress just one notch. That notch could be the difference-maker in someone's day, week, month, or year.

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