What is your Stress Quotient? and, why is your Stress Quotient important to your health, wealth and welfare? Here are the facts:
In an era when our access to knowledge, information, and technology is unsurpassed in human history, in a society where when one of the fastest growing businesses is self storage because the stuff that we own no longer fits into our homes, at a time when U.S. productivity statistics are the highest ever…
The World Health Organization forecasts that stress will be the major cause of disability by the year 2020. Meanwhile, U.S. corporations spend in excess of $10 billion a year on 'executive' stress-related emotional and physical ailments, addictions, absenteeism, overwork, burn outs and brown outs; and over $300 billion is spent on 'general workplace stress.' The divorce rate in USA is 70%, in Canada and Europe it hovers around 50%. Many of us are living and working faster than ever before, few of us are living better.
The problem with living and working in the 21st century is that more often than not our environment, our circumstances, our conversations, the sheer pace of life/work - and even the negativity, chaos and discord that we ingest on a daily basis through our media, newspapers, entertainment and music - kick off a 'fight-or-flight' reaction that is totally out of context. Even though we are not in immediate physical danger, our brain automatically kicks into its fight-or-flight response.
The fight-or-flight response is a natural bodily response that enables human beings and all mammals to be alerted to and quickly flee a truly life-threatening situation. What makes out of context fight-or-flight reactions so hard to cope with is that this intense reaction often occurs in the absence of any immediate or apparent danger to our physical well being. Often we will REACT to a situation or be stuck in STASIS, unable to respond because we are going through a bodily response that makes us FIGHT or RUN AWAY as quickly as we can.
More often than not, the stress/anxiety we are feeling is nothing else than our fight-or-flight response automatically kicking into action. Recognize that any time we are emotionally triggered, anytime something reminds of something painful that occurred in our life, or makes us feel fearful, our natural survival mechanism will kick in. And, the stress and anxiety we feel is nothing more than the well known fight-or-flight response occurring out of context. The out of context fight-or-flight cycle looks like this:
Can we circumvent the out of context fight-or-flight response, so that we do not have to feel stressed, deal with anxiety? No, the fight-or-flight response is automatic; however there are steps that we can take to minimize stress, avoid stress growing and turning into anxiety and panic.