Oh god, So much stress!!! How can you work it all in? So many tasks that you must, have and expected to do!
That’s it, I’m dying- I can’t take it anymore 🙁 What do you do???
Crushing under pressure?!
You are stuck in traffic that’s not going anywhere, you are late to work again, sitting in your car, trying to promote work business, calling the office, on speaker is your boss, and he sounds both upset, angry and stressed!!! you add him to the top of your endless stress list, right next to your frustrated husband who’s upset over the fact you keep falling asleep in the middle of one of his stories? or your son that’s mad because his soccer socks are still in the laundry basket since last week, today he has soccer practice and you told him to put them there and not nag you because this week you will remember to uphold your schedule? And your teenage daughter, who has a cavity and if you can’t clear your schedule will turn into a black hole that costs you money and heartache? and to top it all off How can you forget? Next week your mother-in-law is coming to visit and she always, always, notices everything…
Crushing under pressure? So take into consideration that “crushing under pressure” isn’t just a figure of speech taken from our everyday life. Sadly, crushing under pressure is a bitter truth and a valid fact based on scientific research, data tables, and statistical data bases.
Yes, today it is very clear: Most of new age illnesses originate from stress.
Did you know? Stress isn’t an ancient word, in fact it’s a relatively new term first used by an Austrian-Canadian Endocrinologist named Hans Selye, as a part of a paradigm published under the name General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS).
What is stress? And how does it relate to Wilma Flintstone?
in lemans terms you can say that stress is our physical reaction to all situations that give us tension, nervousness, concern, anger and many more unwanted gifts that life “pleasantly” give us.
Sounds bad right?
So despite all that has been said let me ask you a confusing preceding question:
Is stress good or bad? and….Don’t rush to tell yourself: Bad, sure is bad.
Why? Because the answer is a little more complex and interesting and it lies, of course, with Wilma and Fred Flintstone. So yes, stress is a relatively new term, but its origin (Like much of our reactions, thoughts and actions) isn’t new at all. Stress originates from simple survival skills, here’s an example: Imagine Wilma Flinstone collecting fruit in the woods with little Pebels playing by her side, suddenly, an alarming noise comes from far away, Wilma stops, looks up, her stress hormones go into action.
First things first she grabs Pebels from the ground, looks around and spots suspicious movement coming from the bushes, her body awakens, her heart beats fast, her brain releases chemicals that assists with sharpness, and spikes up her nervous system and senses, her body releases materials that rise up muscle tension, flows more sugar to the blood, elevates available energy levels and concentrate skeletal muscle activity over other bodily functions. And why all of that? fairly simple, because Wilma has to live and save herself and little Pebels, so right now focusing energy on digesting the fruit she just ate is a lot less urgent. Wilma will need, in a matter of seconds to choose between two options known as: “Fight or Flight” mechanism, and in any of these options wilma will need every available energy in her body. So by now you probably understand that the original stress reaction was meant to save lives and the primal pattern of “fight or flight” was vital and irreplaceably important. The only difference between us and our ancient ancestors is the amount and frequency of stressful experiences-because, for the sake of this argument, let’s assume Wilma chose the “Run” option, grabbed Pebels, ran as fast as she could, arrived to the cave right into Fred’s loving and faithful arms. She calmed down, her heart went back to its regular beat, her stress hormones levels suddenly dropped, and her body finally started digesting the big fruit portion she had in the woods. It is likely to say that for the next hours and days Wilma will not experience any more stress levels.
Stress generation- Morning, Day and Night.
So Wilma survived, thanx for asking :)) but what about you? me? and our partners?
and the kids? and our generation..? We experience stress on a commercial level and in a rate that would not embarrass any automatic production line! For us every event, starting with a traffic jam, through a job interview, all the way to loaded dirty laundry basket is in our eyes the same as being face to face with a predator- One that justifies operating our primal survival instincts. And our poor body moving from one stress episode to another is the main casualty, because many important vital operations are not being done so others could perform for longer periods than they should.
Looks like there’s nothing to do about it?
Hardly. There’s a lot to do and it could be from a variety preventive treatments starting from changing our thinking habits, identifying our stressors and affective emotional behaviors, through a versatile exercise that focuses on physical relaxation (one that “forces” our body to relax) up to organizing a supportive environment and adapting less stressful habits, and in thus eliminating or lowering the amount of stressful incidents, such as: Diet, imagination, optimism, laughter, social gathering, good night sleep, meditation, music and many more magical cures like it. So if you feel like taking action and implementing everything now, you should read this post (“who says you can’t” post) and maybe even this one will grab your interest (mommy jim).
And one last riddle….what do you think?
Is it possible and recommended for you to lower your stress levels to 0?
To your success and mine!