A Half Century of TOPICS – Dealing with Stress

In the first half of 1979, two separate articles in TOPICS – covering a total of 12 pages in the magazine – provided advice from medical professionals on how to cope with job stress. No doubt influencing the editor’s choice of subject matter was that this period – immediately following the break in diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the U.S. – was a time of unusual challenge and uncertainty.

As the current coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact may now also be raising stress levels, it seems opportune to repeat the major suggestions from 1979:

  • Know your limitations. Don’t do any more than you are comfortable with.
  • Exercise more. Exercise has a tranquilizing effect.
  • Pursue activities that you enjoy.
  • If these measures aren’t effective, seek help from your family physician, a psychiatrist or psychologist, a social worker, a clergyman, or a friend.