Bill Brantley

Well, there is eustress and distress. My current job is eustressful in that is challenging and busy but I love the work and will often stay up late at night happily working on projects and planning the next day. It’s stressful like climbing a mountain but you feel great as you achieve each new level.

A distressful government job was a state job where I worked with a boss who was promoted way above her skill level and maturity. She spent her time deriding and abusing her more competent employees because she was afraid they would successfully challenge her for her position. Dealing with her was stressful and I would stay up late desperately seeking another job. This job was stressful like pushing a boulder up a hill and then being smashed by it as it rolled back down from the summit.