Star Fox 64 is one of my all-time favorite games. Its got lasers, spaceships, anthropomorphic animals flying spaceships shooting lasers — it’s got it all. But besides all the glitz and glamor that excited me when I was 12, it has mind-numbingly cheesy dialogue. Dialogue, which despite my better judgment, I was chuckling to myself last week.
Making promotional videos is hard. I would know; it is what I have been doing for the last three weeks. I sift through interviews and seminars, eagerly looking for usable footage. Then I splice in appropriate film clips. And after that comes the intro, outro, and graphics.
Ok, one done — but then I realize that I have to make 3 more, for 3 different products, out of the same material I had just gone through. This is when the dark times come and self doubt ensues. But just when I think all hope is lost, I remember a quotation engrained into me from years of childhood gaming, “Never give up. Trust your instincts!”
What I am trying to say is, work can be stressful and there are times when you will be overwhelmed, so try and find inspiration wherever you can. For me, it was a video game from my childhood that made everything bearable.
I know laughter is not the only way to handle stress at work, but has seemed to work for me. I think many people know how to deal with their stress after work. They go for a run, drink a beer, watch TV, read a book, etc.
But what I want to know is, how do you guys go about dealing with stress when you are at work?
Here is an article with some suggestions.