1978-2008 – 30 Year Retrospective on Our World in addition to also Stress
Have you noticed which our lives are more stressful than 30 years ago? If you can even answer This specific question, chances are Great which you are a member of a huge demographic group known as the "Baby Boomers" in addition to also because of This specific membership, you are a generating force in our society. "Baby Boomers" are a demographic trend of people born after World War II in 1946 in addition to also before 1965. This specific group of people has driven major modifications in our society including: use of disposable diapers, jars of baby food, Disneyland / Mickey Mouse Club / TV, Ford Mustangs within the 1960's, minivans within the 1980's, Woman's liberation, Women within the work, Lexus / Acura's, computer use, pagers, cell phones, e-mail, the "Information Age", "Greening" youthful aging, "" active retirement, "liposuction-facelifts-botox, 500 channels of TV, real estate booms in addition to also busts, stock booms in addition to also busts, sales of anti-oxidants, increases in costs of medical treatment, recreational drug use, sushi's popularity , wine consumption outside France in addition to also Italy, recreational travel as sardines in time challenged (late,) unhealthy airplanes, major sporting events (Superbowl, March Madness, Tiger Woods' Golf, Pay for View events, in addition to also the "X Games"), rock concert tours, action movies with special effects, in addition to also the Wars over Oil.
Since the opening of the Stress Education Center in 1978, there has been a huge increase in identified in addition to also diagnosed stress related symptoms. Many symptoms such as: insomnia, panic / anxiety, headaches, sexual dysfunction, GI complaints, high blood pressure, substance abuse / addictions, heart disease, depression, obesity, some chronic pain complaints, in addition to also even immune system dysfunction have all been linked to increased stress in our society. however why are we more stressed out at This specific point than ever before in human history? The answer may lie within the trends driven by the "Baby Boomers" in addition to also This specific group's preference to the high paced expectations of our brand-new technologies. Remember, we have some very primitive genetic coding which must attempt to keep pace with exploding modern technologies. For example, as a child growing up within the 1950's, I watched my working parents come home coming from work by 5:15 PM, sit for an an hour within the "living room" to discuss their day, smoke their cigarettes, in addition to also drink their cocktails, all before having a "family dinner" together. This specific is actually how they managed their stress within the 1950's before we found out which smoking in addition to also alcohol was bad for us in addition to also which there was no time for sitting, chatting, in addition to also de-briefing about the day. Sure we had alcoholism, lung cancer, in addition to also exploding television coverage of the "cold war" however then there were full ashtrays on the desks of your doctor as you discussed your latest vaccination schedules. People would certainly stay home for one week of the two week vacations to sit around their house in addition to also just rest up. People were not responding to their pagers, cell phones, faxes, e-mails, or generally "plugged" in 24/7 as we are today.
which is actually interesting to note which in 1978, the birth of the brand-new "Information Age" was on the verge of exploding on our North American society. Personal computers were being developed. Media coverage of the globe was putting international conflicts on our TV's during our dinner hour. Scientific in addition to also technology developments were generating our economy in addition to also putting pressure on our relationships. The Middle East was becoming powerful by controlling oil production in addition to also their instabilities based on Muslim vs Western beliefs in addition to also philosophies. Parents were being pressured to monitor in addition to also control their children's schedules in addition to also educational development more than in past generations while divorce was changing "traditional family" definitions. Natural resources were discovered to be running out. Nuclear power was exploding however uncertain. Gasoline shortages were experienced. American education was beginning to fall in prestige in addition to also effectiveness. Asian economies were exploding. PTSD (Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder) was defined in addition to also psychoneuroimmunology was developed to explore the possible connection between mind / emotion in addition to also health. In 1978, people were still paying for their health care rather than waiting for their insurance companies to cover any in addition to also all health care procedures. Health care procedures were still almost affordable. AIDS was not yet medically discovered.
In comparison in 2008, the "Information Age" with which's brand-new technologies is actually more fully in control of our lives. We are more "plugged in" 24/7 than ever before. People drive their cars distracted by cell phone conversations. People talk, out loud, about private considerations as they walk down the street with their cell phones plugged into their ears. (which is actually no longer the "village idiots" who seem to be talking to themselves as they move down the sidewalls of our cities.) Telephones ring in addition to also disturb us in restaurants, church, movies, doctor's offices, school, airports, elevators, in addition to also while shopping. People go on vacation in addition to also still communicate with their jobs daily. We watch TV news programs in addition to also see the "Talking Heads," while text flies by on the bottom of the screen which is actually not related to the news story being discussed. Graphics also appear on the screen to the right of the "Talking Head" in addition to also we wonder why the "News" is actually so stressful. We have "imbedded reporters" on the front lines showing distant wars on our TV's in our family rooms in addition to also then wonder whether TV has desensitized our children to violence.
At work, we experience constant change. 8 hour work days are a thing of the past. Many of us are doing the work of 2 or 3 people to help keep our jobs, in addition to also "downsizing" coming from taking our positions. We have: software modifications every quarter, hardware modifications, policy modifications, procedure modifications, downsizing, international business communications / meetings, retention problems, leadership challenges, hiring problems, management development challenges for technical people who do not have training in management, communication challenges , multi-tasking, multi-national conglomerates micro managing local workplaces, international telemarketing (coming from India, China, wherever), in addition to also longer commute times. We have copy machines which are too complicated for anyone however some mechanical engineers to work. We have e-mail in addition to also instantaneous statements for more information. We hold the expectations placed on us which we can perform in This specific high tech world in addition to also produce 3 times the amount of work, because we are being paid 2 times as much as workers were a generation ago. People want more "quality of life" at work in addition to also in their lives. Workers want "flex-time" schedules, "job sharing," in addition to also want to work coming from home through "telecommuting." Work environments are scrutinized as never before for the environmental challenges which effect physical in addition to also mental health. Retention of key personnel has become a key issue for many organizations in addition to also "quality of life" issues rank equal or higher than compensation in many companies with retention concerns.
Our primitive survival response mechanisms have not evolved to keep pace with the advances in technology …. So …. We are feeling more stressed / pressured at This specific point than ever before within the history of mankind. One of the most significant copying skills for the increased stress has become the increased use of denial, also known as the "stick your head within the sand" response to stress. We are so overwhelmed which we do not have time to practice stress management or even hold the self-awareness regarding This specific epidemic. We are robbed of our quality of life. Our productivity can be reduced. Our short term in addition to also long term health can be compromised, in addition to also yet we still look for a "quick fix" which does not require time or effort for coping with stress. The pharmaceuticals which we request coming from our doctors do not solve the problems in addition to also often have side-effects, if they work at all. More children are being diagnosed, at earlier ages, with stress related physical in addition to also emotional symptoms. We are living longer in addition to also demanding better health even as we age. After our labor saving devices in addition to also appliances, we seem to be working longer in addition to also harder. Most working families require two fits to support the chosen lifestyles which our "expectations" in addition to also societal role designs encourage. Our children are having to raise themselves more than before because their parents are busy working or are distracted by their 24/7 attachments to their careers.
These are not just developments in addition to also issues for the United States in addition to also Western countries. Asian economies are exploding as is actually their requirements for increases in energy in addition to also technologies. Eastern Europe is actually entirely different coming from which was in 1978. World climate modifications affect all inhabitants of the globe. Food shortages are starting to be felt in many countries. Wars in addition to also conflicts in "Third World" countries have repercussions in various other economies. Cultures are changing faster than ever before in human history. Communication in addition to also world trade has made our lives more global in addition to also has caused business in addition to also trade to be connected on a 24 hour daily cycle. The race is actually on in addition to also only people who dwell in denial can not see the broad impacts of modern day modifications. the globe is actually a smaller in addition to also drawn together by business in ways which have never happened before.
We must be aware of the impact of these modifications upon our health in addition to also well being. Awareness is actually half the battle. The various other half of This specific battle is actually to develop better coping strategies which we can practice as individuals to enable us to withstand the pace of change in addition to also to keep up with rapidly moving trends. Our health, our productivity, in addition to also our quality of life will depend upon our abilities to adapt to these modifications, within the most positive ways … We can not avoid or even control all of the modifications which we encounter, however we can learn to better control the way we respond to these challenges.
Some possible suggestions for managing the building stresses include a variety of possible solutions including:
1. brand-new role designs for stress survival for normal people in addition to also families. The old standards of stress survival such as: denial, avoidance, substance abuse (medicating ourselves), over eating, "freakin out," or getting angry need to be replaced by more positive in addition to also effective techniques for stress management.
2. Change in awareness in addition to also priorities regarding productivity improvements in addition to also quality of life including a more healthy in addition to also realistic view of living in This specific fast paced world. A significant increase of the awareness of the aging of the Baby Boomers in addition to also This specific impact upon our society in addition to also the globe.
3. Support with positive habit change in addition to also then accountability partners or mentors which may include professional coaches / therapists, clergy, educators, "healthy family in addition to also friend."
4. Realistic goals in addition to also then realistic plans to achieve these goals.
5. Time for self-care! Learn the lesson which to create more time you must spend time in self-care. Commitment to self-care!
6. Control over our urge to give in to "denial" in addition to also "the quick fix"
7. Changed expectations on the use of brand-new technology. Use technology like biofeedback to raise awareness in addition to also then, control over stress responses. (More tools in addition to also resources for stress management in addition to also biofeedback techniques for learning physical control of unhealthy habit patterns.
8. An evolution of spiritual in addition to also emotional health in addition to also well being (not necessarily religion). Finding ways of maintaining a healthy balance which honors mind, body in addition to also spirit.
9. An educational system which actually prepares us for the "Information Age" in addition to also our roles within which.
10. A world which is actually so technologically advanced which which actually meets the individual in addition to also true quality of life …