In the first part of this two part series on stress, you learned that we have a worldwide epidemic of stress. Hopefully you also learned that the cure for that stress is in your own hands. The medical community is just as stressed out as you are. I also mentioned that there is evidence that suggests many illnesses are related to stress. Throughout history people have suffered with stress but certain aspects of today’s age are causing new stressors our stressed-out ancestors couldn’t imagine.
1) Chemicals. Chemicals now exist in our homes, water, air, environment, food, beverages, clothing, work and other places that did not exist until the industrial revolution and have become more aware of their toxicity over the last century.
2) Technology. T.V.s, tablets, computers and other electronic devices that bombard our bodies and minds with the constant pressure to stay connected.
3) Media. Social media, world-wide news, magazines, newspapers, internet, T.V. and other things that give us negative messages and show us negative and violent images.
4) Cultural pressures on kids. There are more social pressures on kids and teens like including sex, drugs, and alcohol and even video game addictions.
5) Cultural pressures on women. Society pressures women to be skinny, beautiful, perfect to and have it all. Women are expected to be wives, moms, hold down a job or career and sometimes be caregivers for elderly family members too. Many men face similar stressful pressures as well.
6) Transportation. Mass transportation, cars, motorcycles, planes, trains, subways and most of all traffic and grid-lock.
7) Political stress. Political and leadership problems in our own country and all over the world.
8) Economy. Socioeconomic problems like our current debt in the U.S. as well as high number of jobless and homeless people.
9) Expectations. Our expectations are too high and people are feel they are expected to perform and behave a certain way.
10) Today’s Pace. We live in a fast paced environment and instant society where everything is “get it now.” We have to have everything done quickly and everything including our time seems to go at the speed of light. We rush around like lunatics and fuel our speed with coffee and dangerous energy drinks.
11) Over scheduling. We feel pressured to cram as much into our day as possible. However, we may be better served scheduling ourselves some time dedicated to de-stressing instead.
12) Options. Too many choices: opportunities, activities, clubs, sports, careers and other things. Grocery shopping has become difficult because of too many choices. Our ancestors did not have to make this many choices. When you went shopping prior to 1900’s, there was one pair of black shoes or one pair of brown shoes. You did not have 500,000 types of shoes to choose from.
There are many more things that I can mention but I don’t want to stress you out more reading them all! The fact is that if you want to live longer, happier and healthier you will need to learn how to manage all of the 5 major types of stress: physical stress, emotional stress, chemical stress, work environment and home environment.
For advice on how to deal with stress, check out these posts:
How to Keep Your Mind Healthy
Five Post Grad Stressors and How to Deal
10 Things Holding You Back in Life
Kimberly Palm, C.M.I.
Kimberly Palm, is the owner of Body & Mind Healing, LLC in Washington State. She is a stress management coach, medical intuitive, mindfulness expert, meditation instructor, author and public speaker. Kimberly has been researching and teaching natural healing, stress management, meditation, vitamins, herbs, supplements, diet, exercise and other things pertaining to mental and physical health for the last 20 years. She also worked in the medical industry in the area of marketing and sales. Kimberly works with people all over the world to have healthy, happy and more balanced lives.
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