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MonJoy: Did you know stress is an anonymous serial killer?

Do you remember that time when you had to dial up to get internet access and that annoying connecting sound was the most exiting sound you've known back then


 Ana    Monday June 13, 2016

Do you remember that time when you had to dial up to get internet access and that annoying connecting sound was the most exiting sound you've known back then? It was the exiting sound of the new. Forget sending post cards, forget making a phone call, praise the universe we had internet! When life changed from inaccessible to multi-accessible, a stress free life became non-existent. That's how it feels at least. That multi accessibility gives our brain such an information overload on a daily basis that we almost can't remember how to connect to the quietness within. 

Society is always on high speed

That's the thing. Even when we think we live a stress free life, the society we live in is on such high speed our mind is under constant pressure. We work, we do sports, we raise kids and communicate with at least 25 people through group chats or something else on a daily basis. Stress is not always clearly present as stress because it presents itself as something that gives pleasure and we are unaware it can destroy us in the long run. We live our lives the ways we are expected to do. There is always the option to participate on a less intense level. 

Stress is the anonymous serial killer of today’s society

I dare to say stress destroys us. It's the anonymous serial killer of today’s society. If a body is under pressure for a longer period of time it loses the ability to function properly with physical and mental health problems as a result. I recently walked into the stress trap myself. It tried to knock me down. Before we take this serial killer to trial I must say I have let it happen. I thought being busy was a good thing. I never realized that everything I did was at such a high pace I was under constant pressure. Work, sports, social life, even when I decided to take a walk through nature my pace would be at the same level as marathon training. 

Slow down to a more comfortable pace

I can tell you that you will never realize under how much stress you have lived until you try to slow your high speed life down. It starts with doing absolutely nothing from time to time. In the beginning you want to fill in the nothingness, but if you just let it be nothing becomes something you can enjoy the fullest. A mind that is no longer on full capacity and fully slowed down is on a natural high. It is able to smell the roses better, to hear and actually listen, and to taste with intensity. I am no longer part of a society where people always claim to be busy. I do things at my own slow down pace and I choose to never be too busy to do the things I enjoy. A happy stress free life is a conscious decision. 

Be stress free, 

Ilona 

 Ilona