Chronic stress, anxiety, and depression are the cause of two-thirds of doctor's office visits due to stressful jobs, lives, relationships, etc.
We live in an overstimulated, overachieving, high-strung society and that's caused us all to be STRESSED.
We are never good enough unless we are skinnier, make more money, have a bigger house, and have more things. We are maxing out our credit cards both literally and figuratively in life.
We have to keep working more to fund our debt and overleveraged life—it's a vicious cycle.
We drink more caffeine and sleep less, so we can work more. We aren't getting enough sun, and we're eating crap because it's fast. We're impatient and don't know how to sit still and definitely don't want to listen to our minds and bodies.
We are always waiting for our next fix, our next escape, and next vacation because we need it!
Is this really our "new normal"?
As you probably know, there is no easy out—and this all eventually catches up with us. At some point you will no longer be able to sustain this hectic, overzealous, toxic lifestyle without hitting a wall.
Stress is associated with depression, HTN, heart disease, carotid artery thickness, and even cancers.
But stress is also often self-inflicted. We don't know how to say no. Our "to-do" list never ends. The multitasking life never stops because we can "handle" more and our lists just grow longer.
So, how do we fix this?
I can tell you to eat better, exercise, sleep more, meditate, stop drinking and smoking, blah blah blah—but how effective is this really? We often have to fall hard before we make changes.
We need to learn how to handle stress as it comes at us. Here are three ways to help the way you perceive stress that actually make a big difference: