Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’
– Erkhart Tolle
Do you ever have days where you are pulled in so many directions and the demands on your time feel relentless? Family, work, relationships, mortgage, and oh ya, being fit and looking good?!
I would be surprised if you answered no. Today our minds and bodies are under constant assault from increased levels of stress cortisol, a stress hormone that wreaks havoc on our health. We spend a lot of energy trying to manage our lives, attempting to meet our and others expectations. Our brains operate in survival mode and we soothe ourselves with distractions, addictions, spending and eating. Escaping.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 90 percent of all illnesses are related to stress. Health experts are now coining a new term ‘burnout syndrome’ to capture many of the symptoms that people over 35 are complaining about: fatigue, weight gain, depression and anxiety all associated with high stress living. The interesting thing is, many people lose sight of their health after 40 when the risk of developing a chronic disease becomes higher. In fact, 4 out of 5 people in their sixties have symptoms of a chronic disease such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer or cardiac issue.
The Key is to Die Young… As Late As Possible
If we look at our levels of stress like an iceberg:
What do we experience? What do others see?
Overwhelm? Irritability? Fatigue? Tension? Gastrointestinal problems? Sleep difficulty? Overeating? Overspending?
What is below the surface:
Low self esteem