Stress is school.

Chris Teague - 3 mins

What's it for: Energising life and work.

Who's it for: Those struggling with work-life balance.


"Stress is school. If you ain't stressed you ain't learning" Will.i.am

There is still a lot of talk about work-life balance, however, should work and life be seen as opposing forces? And is stress necessarily a bad thing?

It was interesting to read Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos isn't a fan of the phrase "work-life balance." He believes people need to stop attempting to achieve "balance" within their professional and personal lives, as that implies a strict trade-off between the two. Instead, he believes a more holistic relationship between work and life outside the office is needed.

"If I am happy at home, I come into the office with tremendous energy. And if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy. You never want to be that guy — and we all have a coworker who's that person — who, as soon as they come into a meeting, they drain all the energy out of the room ... You want to come into the office and give everyone a kick in their step." Jeff Bezos.

Considering life as a circle rather than a set of scales is an interesting concept. We have limited energy each day, and it needs replenishing regularly; that's why I believe viewing work and life as a circle rather than opposing forces really works, as you can put your energy where it needs to be in a particular moment for the better of your family, friends or work.

Too much stress is undoubtedly harmful, however, we all need some stress to challenge and further develop us.