How Can Stress Give You The Edge?

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Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is known for his persuasive, up-beat style of communication.

His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York and has been exhibited in galleries around the world including the Barbican Art Gallery, the Walker Art Center and the Design Museum, London.

He gave his view on stress during the following Q&A session:

What do you think of when you hear the word stress?

Tell me about a time when you experience stress.

I work with people who I’ve developed good working relationships with based on trust. When a job comes in with an unrealistic deadline I turn it down, I know how much time I need to do a particular job and if I feel there isn’t enough time I say no. I like the feeling of a looming deadline, it helps focus the mind to the job in hand. I’m usually calm, my natural state is relaxed and mellow. I have moments of anxiety, but they are short lived.

Usually small things like trying to get my annoying wireless printer to work get me more stressed out than the big things. I guess they’re little outlets for stress that sneak out unexpectedly.

Tell me about a moment when you felt the benefits of stress.

Do you feel stress motivates you or paralyses you? How so?

How much of your life would you say you spend stressed out?

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Which areas of your life are most affected when you’re under stress?

If you were given a magic wand in the middle of your next stress fit, what would you do?

It would be handy to have a clone of myself that could stay in the studio and do all the work, while the real me goes off for a bike ride or a walk on the beach. The reward you get when you’ve completed a job or successfully dealt with a stressful situation is a feeling of satisfaction. You’ve proved to yourself that you can handle things well, it feels like you’ve passed a test. That’s what keeps me motivated, looking to achieve the goal and getting past the stress.

Switching back to reality, what do you do in your day-to-day life to help yourself handle stressful situations?

Which is worse: work stress or home stress?

How does stress feed into/inform your work?

You can find out more about Anthony by checking out his website or following him on Twitter: @anthonyburrill

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