I read recently that social media is increasing our stress level. A while back I heard that, more specifically, email was raising our blood pressure. Long ago, we learned that watching the news was making us increasingly anxious. So…by the sound of it, everyone in this country is about as nutty as I am. I mean, really, it’s almost impossible to get everything done. There are jobs and family and household chores and bills and a thousand other things to worry about. No wonder our generation is strung so tight, right?
But let’s think about that. We’re stressed because we have jobs that allow us to literally live like kings. Consider this: A couple hundred years ago even royalty wouldn’t be allowed the luxuries almost every single American now enjoys.
How about that family that gets us all wound up? Sure, relatives can make you crazy. But imagine how you’d feel if you knew your baby had a thirty percent chance of dying in infancy?
And bills…we all have bills. And sometimes they honestly are impossible to pay. But what’s going to happen if we don’t pay them? Will we be sent to debtor’s prison? Will we starve to death? Chances are good that even if we lose our homes with their two car garages and climate controlled everything, we’ll still be able to live in the type of comfort that was absolutely unheard of just a few short decades ago.
So why are we so wired? Is it because we live ridiculously unnatural lifestyles, lacking in fresh air, exercise, and actual food? Is it just our innate desire to maintain the status quo? Is it because we are in an endless cycle to outdo the Jones? Or is it something deeper? Something so hardwired into us that we have to make trouble for ourselves even when there is no real trouble to be found.
What do you think? What is the culprit to our burgeoning stress load, and what do we do to combat it?