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    What's your level of stress on a scale of 0 - 10?

    0 being zero stress.

    WebMD lists these as major causes of work and life stress. How do you rate yourself for each item?

    For me now, I cannot think of a less stressful time in my life ever! So I've added my comments beside each item as they pertain to me.

    Basically, put me down for about 0.25.

    A - Work stress:
    1 - Being unhappy in your job
    I'm as happy as a pig in poo

    2 - Having a heavy workload or too much responsibility
    I deliberately avoided management positions/responsibiities in my recent job search. I've learnt from previous roles (aka Headmaster in Laos) that having to manage idiots (aka new campus building foreman) only leads to stress.

    3 - Working long hours
    Sure I do unpaid work at times for my school. But with in-class hours of maybe 4 hours max per day, I'm not working long hours.

    4 - Having poor management, unclear expectations of your work, or no say in the decision-making process
    I am generally left to get on with my job and to implement it how I see fit. I am appreciated for my opinion and experience.

    5 - Working under dangerous conditions
    There is the chance of being kicked in the nuts by a boisterous 4 year old, but the risk is low.

    6 - Being insecure about your chance for advancement or risk of termination
    I am not interested in any career advancement, except for the annual pay rise. The risk of termination does not appear on my radar.

    7 - Having to give speeches in front of colleagues
    I enjoy this! I regularly have to present training courses for teachers. I have no qualms about public speaking, even if I do spout shite.

    8 - Facing discrimination or harassment at work, especially if your company isn't supportive
    I am still waiting for sexual harassment incidents from the large number of female staff....

    B - Life stress:
    1 - The death of a loved one
    My dear Mum and Dad passed on some years ago - I do think about them a lot, but in terms of happy memories.

    2 - Divorce
    Stressful? A time for celebration, at least in the last 2 cases.

    3 - Loss of a job
    I haven't lost a teaching job ever - In the past, I have resigned and moved on to better things, rather than deal with morons (agencies, directors etc, not my teaching colleagues).

    4 - Increase in financial obligations
    You must be joking. Buy what in Naypyidaw? The only financial obligation would be to a hot chick willing to take part in my perverse fantasies, but to date the money has stayed in the bank.

    5 - Getting married
    At my age, any apparent romantic approach by a woman would only be for love of my money (meagre though it is).

    6 - Moving to a new home
    Not on the radar until I finish this job and retire - I'm happy living in my hotel room. I'm not sure where I will retire to, maybe Laos or the Mekong region.

    7 - Chronic illness or injury
    As reported in other threads, I've taken up a new healthy diet and fitness regime, and can see/feel the good results. So I'm not stressed about illness or injury. I could drop dead of a heart attack of course, but there's nothing to indicate that this is on the table.

    8 - Emotional problems (depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt, low self-esteem)
    Despite my previous 'madness' in marrying the 'wrong sort' of Thai woman, I consider myself now to be emotionally very strong, self-confident, happy with my own company.

    9 - Taking care of an elderly or sick family member
    Sadly, there are none left to care for.

    10 - Traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or violence against you or a loved one
    I don't fear violent or theft in Naypyidaw. It is an extremely safe place (full of military and police). A major earthquake is a remote possibility. I would welcome being forced to commit the worst type of sexual acts with my female teaching colleagues

    All in all, I consider my stress level to be rock bottom, primarily because I managed to distance myself from my dysfunctional ex and her family, managed to 'exit' (albeit with substantial $$$ loss) my hotel business in Phuket, and managed to get the type of teaching job that I love (ie, not teaching in a language centre and being sent from one end of the city to t'other, but having classes of kids where I can see individual improvement on a weekly basis).

    And you?
    Groping women when you're old is fine - everyone thinks you're senile

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    I thought of coming up with a list but decided it was too stressful

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    How about:

    47 - Your appeal to a conviction being overturned and you spending a year in a Thai prison.


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    Very low these days, emotional stress almost zero, nothing upsetting looming on the horizon, money's no huge problem either. I've already got rid of 95% of my material possessions, art collection distributed to my kids, with any new stuff slotted immediately to them, so no worries about looking after them and the weird games art dealers play.

    No deadlines to meet.

    I'm content with the way my life's going, retired and active with several ongoing self-directed interests in art, design, anthropology, gardening, sport and so on.

    Health's excellent, so no worries.
    Is it not written in your Law, I said, you are gods? John 10:34.

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    hmmm I have my own small renovation business here in Aukers... took me a long time to find good, straight-up workers, I look after them and they would do anything for me (and vice-versa).

    I used to get stressed waiting for payments, now I make sure I don't work for dodgy Kiwi builders - contract directly to the home owner... always get 50% deposit up front, which usually covers my workers (rest is my profit) on completion.

    Never had a problem this way... kiwis are generally good people and wouldn't rip off tradesmen.

    I am very lucky, I don't need to work anymore.. I have plasterers, tilers, painters, just find the jobs for them and we split the profit.

    Will be stressful soon... was stressful applying for my Visa to Japan... got it.. have a couple months left here in NZ... then we are moving to Japan.
    You guys probably know my plan.. won't bore you with it again.. but will be stressful, learning the language, buying a house, building our school, etc...

    Preparing my mind, body and soul for this move... very excited *little bit scared.

    maybe around 11-12 on the Richter scale of stress, at least for the 1st year, or so lol...

    Kia kaha! means courage in Maori... follow your dreams (sounds gay) but it's true!

    "the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself"...

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    Simon...glad you're doing well ! May I suggest that you get any future romantic interest (and there will be one, I'm sure) assessed by your friends there before taking action ?

    But I'd almost forgotten about CSFFan's drama.
    Quote Originally Posted by CSFFan View Post
    How about:

    47 - Your appeal to a conviction being overturned and you spending a year in a Thai prison.

    How's that going, dude ?

    As for myself, the stress comes and goes. Generally I try to fly under the radar and take one day at a time.....but sometimes several days come at me together. Like today.

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    My stress level less than zero. Always has been. Always will be.

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    ^What he said.

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    Yup.

    Zero.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    As for myself, the stress comes and goes. Generally I try to fly under the radar and take one day at a time
    It's tough out there on the front line when they're tracking ya....
    .but sometimes several days come at me together. Like today.
    Watch out! They've got ya spotted and deliberately ganging up on ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZdick1983
    was stressful applying for my Visa to Japan.
    Shouldn't have been. You either get it or not. Either nothing to stress over.

    Quote Originally Posted by NZdick1983
    but will be stressful, learning the language, buying a house, building our school, etc...
    Will be busy. Doesn't have to be stressful. Sometimes you have to do the best you can and bow to unmei.

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    I would like strangers on the internet to believe that I'm the most non-stressed person on the planet. Proud, full of strength and blind integrity only paralleled by the Trump, itself.

    But in reality, I'm a shriveled up - fossil of a human who cowers in the corner, jumping at every twig snap, afraid of my own shadow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Latindancer View Post
    As for myself, the stress comes and goes. Generally I try to fly under the radar and take one day at a time
    It's tough out there on the front line when they're tracking ya....
    .but sometimes several days come at me together. Like today.
    Watch out! They've got ya spotted and deliberately ganging up on ya!

    Oh ! A not so valiant attempt at humour !

    For a minute there, I thought you were being your usual idiotic self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    My stress level less than zero. Always has been. Always will be.
    Yep..
    Some of us can relate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZdick1983
    Will be stressful soon... was stressful applying for my Visa to Japan... got it.. have a couple months left here in NZ... then we are moving to Japan. You guys probably know my plan.. won't bore you with it again.. but will be stressful, learning the language, buying a house, building our school, etc...
    Quote Originally Posted by Norton View Post
    Will be busy. Doesn't have to be stressful. Sometimes you have to do the best you can and bow to unmei.
    True it will be more stressful for his (soon to be ex) workers as they queue for food stamps, whilst dick is sat under a cherry blossom tree supping Sapporo beer

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    47 - Your appeal to a conviction being overturned and you spending a year in a Thai prison.
    Jeez really? I only spent one day in Pattaya prison and that was stressful enough, not knowing what was going to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue View Post
    True it will be more stressful for his (soon to be ex) workers as they queue for food stamps, whilst dick is sat under a cherry blossom tree supping Sapporo beer
    They won't be doing that by a long shot.
    Dick happens to be a very clever organizer, contractor and subcontractor, for all parties concerned in the trade. There's heaps of work for builders in Auckland, the lads ain't gonna be unemployed, unless they choose to, which I very much doubt that they will after getting a taste of the goodies.
    Last edited by ENT; 10-05-2017 at 06:15 PM.

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    ^^ You haven't followed his thread, Simon ? He's actually serious, but his case is still hanging. There is a possibility of it going pear-shaped...

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    You haven't followed his thread, Simon
    Maybe I missed it - got a link to the thread?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hick View Post
    I would like strangers on the internet to believe that I'm the most non-stressed person on the planet. Proud, full of strength and blind integrity only paralleled by the Trump, itself.

    But in reality, I'm a shriveled up - fossil of a human who cowers in the corner, jumping at every twig snap, afraid of my own shadow.
    So what's eating you up?
    Sounds like you're pretty stressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    Health's excellent, so no worries.
    Errm....number 8 on the list? I think you missed that one.

    The insane never think they are insane, so don't feel bad you misread/miscomprehended (as usual) the OP.

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    Woops, the stalkers on this thread now.

    How's yer blood pressure, fatty?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Yup.

    Zero.
    Liar,
    You stress about SP and his rooting numbers

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    I stress all the time. I have High BP, Eat terrible, drink waaay too much. I am way over weight, have a wife with 6 kids from 3 different dads that I care for. I have 4 bald tires on my truck and my teacher salary isn't enough to cover my condo rent and internet.....

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