You can never under estimate the power of the ego or our desire for perfection in our lives. Those of us how watch television have become programmed to want things faster and faster. Now we have added the layer of computer technology to our vocabulary of expectations on all levels of problem solving. The American way of living has continued to push greater and greater levels of personal distraction in our daily lives. And when we are the problem, how blind do we become?
In teaching a class on stress management, I begin to think of a box with no corners. The job to which someone is employed comes with certain expectations. The social environment of the workplace comes with complexities. The overall health of the employee may come into play with the stress he or she experiences. The life outside of work also plays a part in perceived stress. So what is stress? Can't live without it and living with too much of it is detrimental to the well being of one's existence.
So we may have another fruit smoothy, a chocolate bar, a cookie, french fries and a burger or a coke or coffee and a cigarette. We may go to the gym and push our selves real hard and then offer a reward for beating ourselves up. Yikes! The older I get, the more I question what is beneficial for living a long life in good health and with happiness. So where do you start?
As a massage therapist, I've worked on tight necks, backs and shoulders. As a yoga teacher, I usually have a broad spectrum of people in my classes. But now I really appreciate the difficulty with individuals who work in an office environment. Their's is no easy job. Now I have seen what I'll call office back syndrome....catchy little phrase. When you ask someone how much they sit, honesty becomes blurred. I sit to eat. I sit when I drive, I sit(hopefully)to eat my meals maybe 3 times a day. I sit when I get home to rest or dabble with facebook. My favorite response from office workers as to how much they sit is usually colored with shades of grey.