With spring well underway (although some days are still cold and rainy here on the East Coast), I hope that you are getting that, much needed, vitamin D and spending more time being active outdoors.
One of the most common health challenges of our time is chronic stress, which, we know can cause, or play a major role in the development of chronic disease. In the midst of multiple demands in today’s world, and the fast pace of life, it’s hard not to be in the ‘fight or flight’ mode most of the time. We all feel the weight of the stress of work, family, health, social stressors, or unexpected events. The process of evolution hasn’t yet caught up to the fast- changing world of multitasking, the speed with which we communicate, make decisions and create and execute our “to-do” lists. It’s hard to be present and appreciate the moment. While naturally programmed to seek security and control, it’s hard for us not to worry about things that are uncertain (read: everything in life!).
It is no surprise that the U.S. adult population reports significant levels of stress about the future, finances, healthcare—to name a few examples—in recent surveys of the American Psychological Association.
But there is hope…We cannot control the outside world, but we CAN CONTROL how we RESPOND to it.
My latest article contains simple, yet powerful tips of how you can cultivate a practice of mindful responsiveness and awareness, rather than be in a loop of never-ending stress, worries and negative thinking.
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