There are never enough hours in the day, we work more than ever before in stressful jobs we can’t afford to lose, and we don’t slow down or take time to relax because we can’t afford to.
It takes a toll on our minds and bodies.
Nothing shows this more clearly than non-stop pharmaceutical commercials for sleep aids, depression aids, cholesterol medication, and on and on. There are thousands of preventable diseases and a synthetic treatment for all of them.
Carnegie Mellon University psychology professor, Sheldon Cohen, has been studying stress for three decades. He stated in the previously referenced article for AARP, “We are just beginning to understand the ways that stress influences a wide range of diseases of aging, including heart disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, certain types of disability, even early death.”
Our modern world is insanely busy.
Not just with family or traffic or your personal job. For most of us, there’s constant movement and rapid change. Digital connection is massive and instantaneous. It’s possible to see what’s happening to people on the other side of the world as quickly as people living on your street.
The drawback to this is processing tons of information all the time (especially when much of it is negative, frightening, or has an uncertain outcome).
This digital overload (on top of the strain of normal daily life) can lead to incredible stress, exhaustion, anxiety, and depression.
Mixed up in these emotional upheavals is the physical manifestation of inflammation due to increased levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).
Ignoring stress can lead you down a road of serious problems such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic pain, obesity, neurodegenerative disease, and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
The systemic inflammation caused by Red Mind has a major impact or your quality of life and long-term health by suppressing your immune system (your first line of defense against getting sick).
Is it any wonder that your physical body is convinced you’re under constant attack?