Saturday, July 06, 2013

Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

Sitting around apparently was what I needed. A little rest and relaxation seems to have helped a whole pile of pains I was experiencing prior to surgery.

It makes me wonder if we aren't all hurrying a bit too much. Maybe we need to slow down, take some time off, break away from the bytes and read a book or take a long walk in the woods.

I don't know if my health issues will return when I am back up to full speed, but I have enjoyed this past week of no worries and no rushing. I've had nothing to do but heal from my surgery. That this enforced rest has helped other parts of me has been a surprise and a big bonus.

I think in the United States we put ourselves under far too much stress. It is not healthy. Stress is actually the #1 health problem in this country.

Stress contributes to hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, neck or low back pain and other “Diseases of Civilization.”

Did you know there are four kinds of stress?

Acute Stress: The familiar fight or flight syndrome, and what we tend to think of when we think of "stress."  The body prepares to defend itself.  It takes about 90 minutes for the metabolism to return to normal when the response is over.


Chronic Stress: The cost of daily living: bills, kids, jobs…This is the stress we tend to ignore or push down.  Left uncontrolled this stress affects your health- your body and your immune system.

Eustress: Stress in daily life that has positive connotations, such as marriage, promotion, having a baby, winning money, making new friends, graduations . . .

Distress: Stress in daily life that has negative connotations, such as divorce, punishment, injury, negative feelings, financial problems, work difficulties, etc.

We need to just feel groovy and forget about it!

5 comments:

  1. Glad you've been resting and that you feel better. I agree that stress is one of the major health problems in the US. I have learned to slow down and enjoy life since I retired.

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  2. Glad you're healing! And I agree whole heartedly with this post. I am so tired all these times these days, and I think it's because of stress.

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  3. yeah, americans feel guilty if they are not "doing" something.

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  4. Go looking for fun and feel groovy!

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  5. It doesn't surprise me that Americans suffer the most stress. Look at home little vacation time people here get to other countries. Some of us don't get any vacation time at all! Sigh... At least I have the nearby nature preserves and Wednesday evening concerts.

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