Stress is an inescapable fact in the lives of most people, whether they are poor or rich, old or young, well-educated or not, employed or unemployed, sick or healthy. Of course, there are degrees of security, frequency and duration, and a wide range of reactions/responses to stress.
Anxiety, Stress, & Burnout
When you think about it, we are pre-wired for stress. During the hunter phase of the evolutionary process, humans not infrequently found themselves in “run, kill, or be killed” scenarios, and life was a daily challenge of simply surviving.
Aging can also be accompanied by increased anxiety. Anxiety is common among older adults, and it affects as many as 10-20% of the older population. But just what has older adults anxious?
The results are in, and they are crystal clear. Multitasking does NOT work. Our brains are simply not wired to do as many things simultaneously as we talk ourselves into thinking are possible.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the fathers of mindfulness and the founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program, describes mindfulness as “awareness by paying attention in the present moment non-judgmentally as if it really mattered.”