Stress Relief: Laugh Out Loud Humour

After a stressful day, if you don’t release that stress it will eat you alive – and there’s more truth than analogy in that statement.

The best humour is doesn’t make you smile – or chuckle – but rather laugh out loud funny. The ideal is humour that makes you laugh uncontrollably. Humour can be serious business, especially as a stress relief.

Humour is, indeed, a very personal thing: what makes some people laugh others will find offensive. After a recent particularly stressful and late night, I found myself wandering through YouTube for my favorite comics. Unfortunately, famous or not, some will be found more often than others.

My favorite comics are these:

  • Bob Newhart
  • George Carlin
  • Bill Cosby
  • Sam Kinison
  • Robin Williams

Personally, I think George Carlin is a comic genius. One thing that I note of virtually every comic listed there: they can take the most mundane things and find the hilarity (I remember George talking about getting milk from the refridgerator!).

Teasers from George Carlin:

  • About “non-stop flights”: “I insist that my flights stop – preferably at an airport!
  • “Of course [the program] was “prerecorded”! When else you going to record it – afterwards?

Stress relief for System Administrators

Who, me, stress?  Nah….. sysadmins never have any stress, right?

Well, just in case you do – my feelings are that laughter is the best medicine – and I mean laugh out loud funny.  So what do you do?

There are a lot of ways to tickle the funny bone, and they’re personal as well.  Here are several that I use:

  • Subscribe to RSS feeds like Sharky’s Column and The Daily WTF.
  • Favorite comics (for me, that means: Liberty Meadows, Calvin and Hobbes, and Get Fuzzy)
  • Personal copies of laugh out loud funny comics
  • Funny movies

If you can indulge in some of these away from the office, it is much better.  Fresh air is good, too – as is doing something totally unrelated to work (even if it is other work).

Burn-out is a real danger to system administrators; so get away from the tension and away from the office!