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Do We Experience More Stress Today Than Our Grandparents Did?

posted 28 Nov 2010, 05:48 by Mpelembe   [ updated 28 Nov 2010, 05:49 ]

Stress is an extremely widely used term these days yet was
rarely used in our parent's and grandparent's day. We all
seem to be stressed out at work and at home.

Is this because we are stressed or are just over using a
term and blaming it for the problems in our lives?

Are we wimps whose characters are not as strong as our
processors?  (After all,our Grandparents had to endure World
Wars.) One thing is for sure is that in the past
communication was not as good as it is now so, our
Grandparents were less inclined to discuss being stressed
out with others and also in the pre-24 hour  News, wall to
wall Chat show and Internet world it was less likely there
was a mouth piece for these discussions. Whether or not
stress is a new phenomenon we can only deal with things we
can deal with. It therefore is irrelevant whether Stress is
new or not.   If you think you are suffering from stress
chances are you are. It is only how and what effects us that
is important not want went before us.

Constant threats of terrorist attack are intended to act on
our anxiety.

The economy is uncertain and we are either worried about
losing our jobs or struggling to meet the bills we have to

Even having more women in the workplace adds to the stress.
Many Women have careers on an equal footing to their male
counter parts yet are still expected to still carry out most
of the domestic chores when they get home.  The once calming
role model in a household is now the most stressed of the

Stress is contagious and it is passed on to Children can
feel the pressure of stress and anxiety.   Striving to meet
the impossible targets set by the imagery and fakery of
their idols on TV is later surpassed by the stresses of
getting in to the right high school college or university
and then job.

With Mobile phones and other instant communication devices
we are always on the go and always reachable. We don't make
time to relax and enjoy life any more.   Where as in our
Grandparents day life tended to be less instant and
therefore slower, even in wartime, there was a natural
forced break in between events to allow the mind and body to
recover its equilibrium.

We, in today's world need to be able to force ourselves to
relax and learn the techniques that allow us to do that.
Maybe as we generally have not had to deal with real life
and death situations we need to learn perspective and to

We need to be able to identify the stressors that affect our
daily lives, eliminate the stressors of which we can free
ourselves; and then deal with the remaining stressful
situations in a measured and healthy manner.

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Paul Latter
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