MAD PACE of EXISTENCE
More and more it is being brought to our attention that we as a society have a “mad pace of existence.” It is no wonder that so many turn to sleep aids, stress aids, and worse things like alcohol or drugs to medicate a tired, almost worn out body. This does not mean that one is old age…but even the young are finding that our stress-filled life is taking its toll.
Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems.
Consider the following statistics:
- Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress.
- Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
- The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions. (Web.MD)
What about Cell Phones and Its Effect on Well-being? The results of sickness or injury caused by improper cell phone use will also bring stress into one’s life.
There has also been research on what anticipating phone or text messages can do to the body or emotional well being. The following is according to Dan Childs, ABC Medical Unit.
- Paging and Doctor’s Cell Phones: New research released suggests that one cell phone-related health threat that many people face may not be from their own phones at all — but from their doctors’ mobile devices…”Mobile phones are frequently-used devices with clean or dirty hands in daily practice, including in hospitals,” Dr. Ahmet Dilek of the Ondokuz Mayis University team told ABCNews.com. “[W]e found that most of the medical professionals do not clean their own cell phones, and most of the [unclean] phones carried important hospital pathogens.”
- Cell phone Hazard Hit the Road: Specifically, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University studied the brain waves of drivers using cell phones — and they found that even just listening to a conversation reduced the amount of brain activity devoted to driving by 37 percent. The quality of driving showed a “significant deterioration,” according to the 2008 study.
- Talking on phones while walking: 77 children, between the ages of 10-11 were studied when walking and talking on their cell phone. What they found was that when children were on the cell phones, their attention to traffic — the number of times a participant looked right or left — went down 20 percent. The risk of getting hit by a car, or the number of close calls, went up 43 percent.
By example, we must teach and save the health and welfare of the next generation.
- Phantom Vibrations and the Brain: If your phone is off and you still think you feel vibrations, what could this be? It seems to be a type of reward showing up in the brain. “If you use your cell phone a lot, it becomes part of you,” Dr. William Barr, the chief of neuropsychology at the New York University School of Medicine, told ABCNews.com. “It’s like wearing a tight sock all day. When you take it off, you still feel it there on your foot. If your cell phone is not there, you still feel like it is.” Our reliance on our cell phones may actually be “training” some of us to believe it is vibrating when it is not. In the case of cell phones, people are rewarded when they pick up their calls and read their incoming text messages, which causes them to pick up their cell phones more and more frequently.
- Texting and the thumbs: This is repetitive stress injuries. “I’ve seen a significant increase in the number of people with pain in their tendon regions in their thumbs and their fingers,” Dr. Richard Brown, an orthopedic hand surgeon at the Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, Calif., said. “I have to send them to the therapist or start them on medicine or put them in splints or, sometimes even operate.”
WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE MAD PACE OF LIFE?
Kate Walthup ask this of herself. Ask them of yourself:
- You notice yourself checking your phone obsessively throughout the day, particularly when you are tired, overwhelmed, or anxious.
- More than once, a close friend or family member has said something about your compulsion to engage with your phone or computer and how it affects your relationship.
- When someone suggests that you relax and do nothing, you say to yourself or out loud, “What the heck does that even mean? What do people do when they do nothing?”
- When you do find yourself doing nothing, you feel guilty that you aren’t being productive.
Here are a few of my favorite stress busters (taken from Advanced Life Skills)
These won’t work unless you put them in action, obviously.
- Stop obsessing over things you can’t control.
- Do one thing at a time.
- Stop over analyzing and start doing.
- Stop judging what others do or don’t do.
- Learn to say no and really mean it.
- When you buy something new, get rid of something old.
- Let go of trying to control everything.
- Reduce spending and work toward being debt free.
- Quit agonizing over decisions you’ve made. It’s a done deal.
- Find reasons to laugh out loud several times a day.
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Life is not a contest.
- Seize every opportunity to be encouraging to others.
- Don’t worry about things that haven’t happened yet.
- Live in the present instead of longing for or looking at the past.
- Listen to music that calms your soul and carries you away.
- Do things that connect you with the earth.
- Help others whenever it is within your power to do so.
- Do something nice just for you every single day.
- Life isn’t always fair but it is still a gift, practice gratitude.
- Count your blessings every morning and every night.
- Pray and leave things with God
- Don’t trade sleep for work. SLEEP….SLEEP….YES, GET ENOUGH SLEEP!!! Have some FUN! LIFE IS SHORT.