Tell your face
I remember rushing through the airport on the way to a tradeshow. I was responsible for setup; worried about the booth and brochures arriving on time; finishing the script for the sales team; and whether everyone would make it to the team dinner on time. I was basically a ball of stress.
As I turned the corner to look for my suitcase at the baggage claim, I heard someone say loudly enough for me to hear “Come on now… it ain’t all that bad.”
I looked up and over to see an airport employee leaning up against a square column. Blue hat, blue shirt, name badge and a big smile on his face. I said, “You talking to me?”
He said, “Yeah… are you feelin’ alright?”
I was surprised by the question, and it shook me out of my focus on work. “Yeah…um, I guess I’m feeling OK.”
He smiled another big smile, “Then maybe you should tell your face.”
I stopped in my tracks for a few seconds as it sunk in. Then I grinned and we had a good laugh together. Apparently I was so worked up with subconscious worry that my face was showing the stress. So much that a total stranger noticed. Afterwards I was glad that he did, as the laugh really helped me to relax.
How do you express your stress? Is it having an effect on your family and friends? One way to balance your act is to let people know when you ARE feeling good. If you’re happy and you know it… tell your face.