Sometimes You Just Have to Unplug
STRESS LESS FOR BETTER HEALTH
n any iconic movie, a character is overwhelmed by their stressful circumstances. Without the stress, there would be no movie. In “The Matrix,” a character named Neo is faced with a multitude of threatening situations and enemies. Indiana Jones deals with ritual sacrifice, Nazis, and even worse—snakes. Even Simba of “The Lion King” struggles to cope with the loss of his father and the pressure to succeed the throne. We love these movies because we can relate. The fact is, the real world is very similar to the confusion of the matrix, the danger of exotic travels, and the wild plains of Africa—you even have an audience watching your progress in the form of friends and family.
Our attempts to navigate the pitfalls of everyday life are almost certain to lead to stress, a very real and dangerous condition of American life. After all, an estimated 75 to 90 percent of all visits to primary care physicians are now related to the negative effects of stress. These percentages document how lethal stress is to our well-being and longevity. The proliferation of stress-related diseases is ever increasing with conditions like accelerated aging, adrenal exhaustion, anxiety disorders, auto-immune disorders, cancer, arthritis, chronic inflammation, depression, digestive disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure, immune system dysfunction, menstrual irregularities, ulcers, sexual dysfunction, and weight gain.