The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 25, 2014

Krohn: Pick up a shears and just relax


I can't say I feel all that stressed by my job. Yes, there are constant deadlines and you work in the public eye. But being paid to go around talking to a lot of interesting people isn't a bad gig.

The 10 least-stressful jobs are: audiologist, hairstylist, jeweler, university professor, seamstress/tailor, dietitian, medical records technician, librarian, multimedia artist, drill-press operator.

Some professors have bristled at the notion they're unstressed, but the jobs on the rest of the list do seem like the kind you could stay mellow.

I don't think I've ever met a hairstylist who doesn't seem content in what they're doing, even if they're not paid lavishly.

I know a couple who live up in the north woods and sell supplements and soaps and essential oils. Sweet incense smells fill their shop and everyone who comes in becomes instantly calmer. I don't know if I've ever seen two people less stressed than they are at work. They are so relaxed you sometimes wonder if they just entered some super-Zen state of consciousness.

Yes, money causes most of us stress once in a while. But job stress, no matter what you're making, can often consume most of a person's waking hours. The best jobs, it seems, are the ones where no one is standing over you, you're doing something you like, and you can leave the job behind when you get home.

Tim Krohn can be contacted at or 344-6383.

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