Have you been overly critical of yourself lately? Although I haven't been criticizing myself lately, I have recently been working extra hard, and my hard work has been to please bosses who have been overly ambitious with their assignments and deadlines. In January, I returned from a nice holiday break, and they dropped this huge assignment on me that had an unmovable deadline in 6 weeks. It was overly ambitious right then. On top of that, over each week since then, they've continued to add extra tasks and requirements, making it even more impossible. My teammates and I (but mostly I) have stressed and over-worked ourselves to do our best. Then on Friday, one of the bosses said "Maybe we'll start from scratch... with this last week before it's due, you guys could redo it all in this other way that I'm thinking about now." Finally, I found it humorous. That was actually helpful. It had started as ridiculous, became impossible, and then went beyond impossible to sheer lunacy. So I'm finally dialing down my stress.... I just want to be better about not letting it rise up (especially for other people's irrational whims) in the first place.