Stress, stress, stress, stress

Stress has become an epidemic.

Caught between responsibilities and competing demands, many of us are seldom truly at ease.  In the absence of deep relaxation, chronic tension has become far too normal.  Even worse, nature never intended nor prepared us for the constant storm of stress that many suffer through on a day-to-day basis.

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The Destination is Self-Actualization

According to Maslow, self-actualization is the final destination of the most developed, and therefore the most satisfied, people amongst us.  To self-actualize means to fulfill your unique potential through a continued process of self-discovery, refinement, and further development.  There is no end to actualization, only further expansion into the realm that you find inherently enjoyable as well as challenging.

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Bored to Death

Two effective ways to murder your brain is through chronic stress and chronic boredom.

Chronic stress kills through producing hormones – such as glucocorticoids – that initiate and accelerate brain atrophy; in other words, stress causes your body to release harmful hormones that damage your whole body, brain included.

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Your Ravenous Brain

The three-pound mass lodged between your ears is an engine both mighty and fearsome.  Comprised of over one-hundred billion neurons and one-hundred trillion synapses, the brain has been called the most complex mechanism thus far discovered in the known universe.  Although it weighs only a fraction of overall bodyweight, it uses 25% of our energy.  It’s the sole culprit responsible for our dominance over the rest the globe.  To say it’s powerful is a gross understatement.

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