Day-to-day life before the turn of the millennium was also different for most of us. It used to be that we had more space between events, like eating, sleeping, working, spending time with family and hobbies. We had time to unwind and recoup from stress. We could go on vacation and not worry about all the emails that will pile up so high that we donít even want to take the vacation. Advances in technology have enabled us to constantly multi-task, take on more and more to do, and stay hyper-connected. Add to that the media, which continuously broadcasts news generating stress waves across the planet, adding to personal stress levels.
Instead of addressing the problem of todayís stress, most people are focusing on the ailments and chronic diseases that persistent stress leads to and the cost. The American Institute of Stress reports that 70-90% of visits to primary care physicians are due to stress-related complaints. If the cause of stress isnít addressed, many of those complaints cascade into more serious illnesses, then the physician refers us to a costly specialist.
We gloss over stress when we think there isnít much we can do about it. With all the debate on health care reform and now the Supreme Court weighing in on the health care reform law, very little attention is being spent on what to do about stress.
Coming up – Reasons and Excuses