Stress is not just a ‘normal’ part of life.
It isn’t just impacting you mentally.
It interferes with the biochemical and physiological functioning of your entire body. Digestion, metabolism, repair, recovering, immunity, detoxification, are all impacted by stress.
We need to start looking after ourselves.
Somehow we have created a society where stress is seen as admirable and impressive, a form of status of worth. A bragging right. If you aren’t stressed, you aren’t doing it right.
I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve been party to that have gone something like
‘Oh I got up early to do it at 6am’ ‘EARLY? That’s a LIE IN’
‘Yeah I worked late, didn’t finish til 7pm’ ‘I WISH I finished that early’
STOP BRAGGING ABOUT PUTTING YOUR BODY UNDER UNDUE STRESS
It’s not big and it’s not clever.
You know what is big and clever? Prioritising and protecting your health.
We need to change the dynamic.
It needs to become unacceptable to be under severe stress.
Working all day and not taking a break or eating is not okay.
Starting at 7am and working through until 11pm is not okay.
Working all day everyday is not okay.
Your mental, emotional and physical well being are being broken. And they aren’t easy to fix.
If you don’t have a job or boss that understands that, find a new one.
When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprises him most, he said:
‘Man sacrifices his health in the pursuit of money, then sacrifices his money trying to recuperate his health’
Surely I don’t need to tell you how ridiculous this is. But it is SO frighteningly true.
Stop neglecting your health.
Time for yourself needs to become regular place in peoples lives, like brushing your teeth. A normal, neutral activity that is necessary for the protection and maintained health of your mind and body (or teeth and gums).
In 2018, 74% of people reported feeling so stressed that they were unable to cope.
32% had suicidal thoughts as a result.
46% turned to eating as a coping mechanism. 29% to drinking. 16% to smoking.
60% of 18-24 year olds reported stress from the pressure to succeed. The highest percentage of all age groups.
These numbers are unequivocally high.
and they’re on the rise
Stress managements techniques like walking outdoors, exercise, meditation, breathing exercises and yoga are simple and quick methods which everyone has access to.
Stress doesn’t just go away. Ignorance is not going to help. It manifests and grows.
We have to stop ignoring this. We need to start acting.
stats from Mental Health Foundation