DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW CHRONIC STRESS IS DESTROYING YOUR LIFE?
Do you want to know of a new phenomena? Chronic Stress! Not acute stress, which our bodies deal with very well, but low-level CHRONIC STRESS.
Just take a quick look at a day's example of how a multitude of low-level stress can become chronic. Day after day, week after week and year after year! Our lives slowly become a wasteland of deterioration. Unfortunately, this wasteland is your body!
Monday. It’s five o’clock in the morning and you are abruptly awoken to an distressful alarm clock and bucket loads of synthetic light. (Low-level stress #1)
You eagerly look up the news of the day, which seems to always be more bad than good. Already feeling a little anxious about your own future, you begin to ponder our countries future as well. (Low-level stress #2)
You rush off to work in your car; coffee in hand, cell phone attached to your waist, only to meet gridlock, which entitles you to use the horn just a few times for good measure. (Low-level stress #4)
After becoming aggravated, feeling that you have just wasted an hour to go ten miles, you arrive at work, sit down in front of your computer, ready for another day of “stair down with your computer”. A game you never seem to win. (Low-level stress #5)
You end up picking up your lunch at a drive-thru and eat it while you are listening to your favorite news channel discuss the economy, of course, all while driving back to work. (You get the point, you are on your way to dealing with health challenges created by chronic stress)
“Walking is man's best medicine.”-Hippocrates
When you return back to work, you realize that you won’t make your boss’s new deadline, so you will have to work over the weekend.
You reach home, you are exhausted, but do realize you have time enough to microwave a frozen dinner before you hit the hay. Plus, you remember there was some alcohol somewhere in the house wasn’t there?
It’s now past ten o’clock at night, every light is on in the house, and you pass out listening to voice mails you had not responded to during the day.
Tuesday. It’s five o’clock in the morning...
The days of acute stress in our every day life are practically gone. Other than emergencies, when was the last time you had to use the “fight or flight” response?
This should be of no surprise.
It wasn’t that long ago that we were Hunter-Gatherers.We then evolved to the Agrarian Era.Then the Industrial Era.And now, the Technological Era.
Unfortunately, our bodies are built to only handle acute stress well, or the stress that a Hunter-Gatherer might come across. We not only have not adapted to the stresses put on us from the Technological Era, but we never adapted to the Industrial or Agrarian Eras as well.