Lessons We Learnt from Sex In The City: 5 Work Stress Management Tips

Updated: Jan 12



From heading on exotic vacations, having candlelit dinners to catching up with friends over Cosmopolitans, the characters in Sex and the City (SATC) seem to make balancing life and work so easy.


Besides celebrating fashion, feminism and friendship, some of the most rewarding tips that we have learnt from SATC revolve around working with and managing work-stress:

  • Take active control through balancing priorities,

  • Set realistic goals and expectations without prejudice,

  • Allow yourself to seek for help when necessary,

  • Make self-care a priority amidst a busy schedule,

  • Be unapologetically individualistic


Balance your Work-Life Priorities


Characters in Sex and The City thrive not just because of their extravagant lifestyles and personas, but also because they are shown to be always capable of taking complete control of their own lives.


Even if it feels like you're continuously walking on a tightrope, maintaining balance in a stimulating work environment can seem impossible at first, and there is no perfect recipe for doing so.


Set Realistic Goals and Expectations


So you feel Carrie-d away by stress? Being fixated on a desired outcome can be a huge stress trigger. If anything, not everything in life has to make sense.


By having full acceptance of the idiosyncrasies and erratic nature of life and events, we can grow more resilient.


  • Adulting is about making the proper choices and prioritising rather than making compromises.You can still spend your Friday watching the new And Just Like That reboot, going to a baseball game, or going out to breakfast with your buddies on Sunday.

  • You must make the most of your time and seize any possibilities that present themselves.

  • It is more important to listen to your inner voice, have trust in the unexpected, and be kind to yourself than it is to always be right.


Seek for Help When Needed


Are you going through a hard patch? Do you require guidance, assistance, or simply someone to listen? It can be difficult to ask for help. [1]


However, there are numerous resources accessible to assist you in navigating life's tough events.


Set Time Aside for Self-Care


Making time for oneself as a part of self-care, without feeling guilty is essential for general well-being. Even 15 minutes of ‘me time' during the day can help you relax and catch your breath. [2]


Allow yourself time to discover what makes you happy and begin to nurture yourself.


Be Unapologetically YOU


We must put ourselves first at times and allow ourselves to think about what would actually make us happy, and then pursue that goal no matter what.


There will always be something or the other lacking. As life is a never-ending pursuit, we tend to shift our personal goal-post once we achieve a goal and ponder about what else could make us happy. [3]


It is perfectly acceptable to let your guard down and enjoy life as Carrie Bradshaw would.


 

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About Our Writer

Shahana is an avid pop culture enthusiast with a penchant for all things fashion. Living life with a pinch of sass and a generous dollop of flair, she finds herself collecting crystals and playing with tarot cards. Tell her your date of birth and she’d draw your birthchart for you. A young girl with a million dreams and billion hopes, prepping up for a future in this exciting world.


 

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References


1. Finch, S. D. (2019, September 3). 10 ways to reach out in a mental health crisis. Healthline. Retrieved January 12, 2022, from https://www.healthline.com/health/mental-health/how-to-reach-out


2. Riegel, B., & Dunbar, S. B. (2019, August 23). Self-care Research: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going? - ScienceDirect. Self-care research: Where are we now? Where are we going? - ScienceDirect. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0020748919302093.


3. Hall, J. (2020, January 5). Self-Care Isn’t Just Good For You—It’s Also Good For Your Productivity. Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnhall/2020/01/05/self-care-isnt-just-good-for-you-its-also-good-for-your-productivity/?sh=55191e1819ff.