I stole today’s title from Jan Bruce and the original quote goes like this:
Busy is the new fine and stress is the new fat.
My first thought when I saw the quote was “Yes indeed”.
I stumbled upon Jan Bruce’s stress solution called meQuilibrium when I was watching an episode of Jonathan Fields’ GoodLifeProject TV the other day. (The video is more about building businesses but I discovered some very interesting stuff there.)
At some point in the video Jan Bruce – who has a long history in health, wellness and holistic medicine – mentions that at some point people started having more questions about managing stress than weight loss, which means that stress has become a HUGE factor in our lives.
In my opinion, the rise of information technology is the cause of our recent increase in stress. It has changed our (working) lives in one fell swoop and were are still desperately grasping for control.
I filled a stress quiz at meQuilibrium and received a 9-page special report on stress. Much of what I read I was already familiar with, but there were some interesting tidbits that bear repeating:
Study after study has found that moderate to highly stressed people are 30% less likely to eat a healthier diet, 25% less likely to exercise, two times as likely to fail at losing weight, and sleep only half as well as people reporting low levels of stress. (Source: The Download on Stress)
The report concludes that we really need to manage our stress like we need to manage our weight.
I agree. Stress is here to stay and if you can’t figure out a way to manage your it, stress is going to run your life.
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