A poem about stress

A 21st century word

was just a syllable single

until I felt its surge,

setting my nerves a-jingle.

Then it wreaked its singular havoc

through my jittery, jellied knees.

My adrenaline ran wild, amok,

my sanity begged a muffled ‘please’.

No more will I see stress

as an excuse that’s ever so lame,

that steals away its guests;

that’s lazy in all but name.

It contorts and claims its vulnerable scalps.

Oh, stress has a will of its own.

But face-to-face I’ll expose its cruel traps.

Only with calm will I mute that old crone.

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Ladies: write your worries down in a journal, says anxiety study

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Journalling can help alleviate workplace worries for women. (pic: istockphoto.com/AlinaMD)

If you’re a writer, you’re probably going to turn to pen and paper (preferably pristine new ones) when you’re going through a crisis (emotional, professional, romantic or otherwise). Who hasn’t trundled off to Paperchase or WHSmith in the search of some literary alleviation of stress, upset or trauma?

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