Many people in IT area experience stress. Many game producers and programmers have stress. Those who do might blame external issues. They might think that other people, work, cars, Christmas etc. cause stress, but that’s not true. Stress is internally developed and while external issues will have an impact – the one who controls stress is you. You are in charge whether you experience stress or not.
It’s okay to have stress – there’s nothing wrong with that – and it’s not always easy to be stress-free in every situation. But even then, you are in control. You decide whether to have stress or not.
Here are some ways to reduce your stress level: exercise (decent load of sports will give you something else to think about), get rid of workload (I’m sure there’s unnecessary workload that you could delegate to somebody else), meditate (haven’t tried, but so they recommend), reduce the amount of uncertainty (for example, if you are worrying about whether you can find a fire exit in case of emergency, a good way to reduce stress is simply go and check out where the fire exits are)
Dalai Lama has said:
“when something is troubling us we tend to blame other people for the problem. Instead of reacting instantly, we should examine the problem with a cooler head. The first step is to see if there is a solution. If the problem can be solved, there is no need to worry about it. But if the problem cannot be overcome, worrying about it will do no good.”
I think that’s a great quote to remember.