Several classmates and I discussed this subject recently in our Food and Nutrition study group. A long time ago, physical stress was all our human bodies dealt with. In recent times, mental stress has emerged, and replaced physical stress. Stress can be placed on us in many means: a broken leg, a bee sting, running from a tiger, hunger. Recall "fight or flight" responce. (what is fear) This topic deals with mental stress, right? The kind we read about from personality clashes and the like. Do our bodies divide stress into parts? Do our brains differentiate the two stresses; Do they evoke seperate coping mechanisms? Surely a serious topic for discussion.
A response to stress is swelling. I asked if people who are late for work, stuck in traffic, swell up. That opened a can of worms. Surely this would evoke stress? The book didn't talk about that.
Personally, I don't think its possible to "leave work" like it is another dimension of space and time. Human consciousness is a continuous reality. We can't use floppy disks to remove, and re-insert, reality programs, though some may feel it's possible.
I handle each situation that arises when it arises. Algebra (believe it or not) has found applications in how I interpret non-numeric functions. I may be nuts, but after spending alot of time figuring out numeric functions, my ability to handle "emotional functions" dramatically improved. It's a method, and for me it works.
A persons diet plays a role in handling stress. If I don't eat right, my own ability to handle life, and the stresses in it, depreciate. Eating fresh fruit and veggies is my "secret"
Your heart is in this too. If you elevate your bpm to (60...80) percent of its max, then stress, and the chemicals produced by stress, melt away. If you always idle your heart low, and then you encounter stress (which raises bpm) it's not good.
So I eat fresh food, get enough sleep, exercise, quit watching television, interpret and define events as they happen....and life is a cool thing, whatever may meander in it. Sometimes I will "simulate stress" for my own amusement