How Writing on Business Ended to be a Stress-less Hobby – Guest Post by Alex Williams
Last week’s blog post was a cry out for a more human approach in the field of marketing, disguised as a love letter since I believe compassion always wins.
Today, I am letting Alex Williams walk my talk. She’s been one of the few people to contact me in a sincere and human way – as did Catherine Collins and Connor Ondriska – and I simply couldn’t resist creating space for her writing. It turned out to be quite an interesting article as well!
Anyway, the floor is yours Alex…
I never thought that I would use business and stress-less in the same sentence but here we are. We never know where life will take us and it is always important to keep an open mind and to give your best not to miss on the opportunities that get thrown our way.
My first introduction to work-related stress
I always saw myself as a journalist, so it was quite logical that this was the direction I chose for my studies. It seemed exciting, interesting and I thought since I wanted it that bad I would be happy doing it. But that is when the stress kicked in. First came the sleepless nights spent researching and gathering information. Let’s not forget the ever present deadlines hanging above my neck like one of those French guillotines. After a while a learned to deal with some of these issues. I got better at organization and accepted unreal deadlines as an unavoidable part of my job. But then came the never-ending door slamming.
Getting a door slammed at your face is something you get used to as a journalist. Not everyone is willing to talk and at times it can get quite frustrating. So the stress made its grand entrance back into my work life. The more I tried to cope with the lack of understanding and unwillingness of people to collaborate the more stressful it got. On the other hand, the only ones who were more than eager to collaborate were PR professionals looking to get their story out there, without placing any importance on whether it was truthful or not. A recent survey showed that 72% of journalists wish PR professionals would stop calling them to pitch story ideas, so now you get the picture of how frustrating it can get. At one point, somewhere after the door got slammed into my face for the hundredth time I decided I had enough.
The change in my life was not sudden, it was gradual, which made it that much more valuable. Realizing that journalism isn’t something that agrees with my personality, and that it keeps causing me more stress then satisfaction I started looking into other options. The first thing I did was opt for additional training, and while doing that I started proofreading texts. I found this quite calming, to the point that I thought about writing a few myself. My training landed me a job in marketing, which in return introduced me to blog and article writing. The journalist in me was quite happy.
What attracted me the most to writing on business was the simplicity of form and availability of facts, you just need to know where to look, especially in the sea of disinformation that is the Web. Now, I had a hobby which I loved and the best part was it was relaxing. Let’s be honest a job in marketing is never stress free, but in time I was able to turn my writing into a stress management technique. So know I write about what I know and do every day, through that I get to express myself and not just that, by doing research for my articles I am also able to learn more about the business and marketing industry and to implement that knowledge in order to advance in my profession.
Learning to deal with stress in today’s business world borders on impossible, because no matter how much we try there is always something that shakes us to the core. Just to help you understand how wide spread this issue is, a recent report issued by The American Institute of Stress states that 80% of workers feel stress on the job while nearly half of them say they need help in learning how to manage stress. So this is where stress management comes in, learning different techniques and tricks in order to avoid letting the stress of everyday work life affect you as much. In my case I got to turn a part of my work into a great hobby what helps me stay stress free and makes me a better professional. I know how lucky I am, but I hope that this article will inspire others to look for that one thing that will make them stress free at least for a little bit. Our ability to manage stress is what makes us successful both in business and in our personal life, so the sooner you deal with the issue of stress management the better your life will become.
My name is Alex Williams. I am a journalism graduate, and a rookie blogger trying to find my luck. Blogs are the perfect opportunity for presenting yourself to wider audience, getting the chance to showcase my expertise and receiving recognition.
I am a regular contributor at Bizzmark Blog.
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