Living Stress-Free the Alice Way

Learn to be as Zen as the middle manager of a telemarketing firm.

Alice Murphy, the manager of TelAmeriCorp’s Rancho Cucamonga branch, gets a bad rap. Sure, she can come off as tyrannical, foulmouthed, uptight and unstable. But peel back a few layers, and you’ll find a sense of calm practically exploding out of her. Here are a few lessons you can learn from Alice to make the stress of your own work life more manageable.

  • TELL PEOPLE HOW YOU FEEL

    Nothing’s worse than bottling up all your negative emotions inside, especially in the workplace. If you let all that tension and anxiety build up, it can have very real effects on your health and your professional life. Instead, exorcise all that stress by calling your co-workers out as the lazy incompetents they are.

  • KNOW WHO YOU ARE

    A great way to remain present while at work is to reiterate to yourself who you are and to be clear about you motivations and desires. Look to Alice’s mantras for an example: “I’m middle management.” “I want Kashi GOLEAN!” If saying these things to others loudly and condescendingly helps you center yourself as an individual, so be it.

  • USE PHYSICAL AGGRESSION IN MODERATION

    As much as meditation, regular exercise and screaming at people can help you to relax, sometimes you need to give into your violent, primal instincts. If you can, take out that anger on an inanimate object. But if you absolutely must attack a person, make sure that person is one of the lesser-liked members of the staff.