Stresses of Modern Day Life_

1. Stress is an issue facing many individuals that we work with. Time and time again, we see people feeling overwhelmed because of the pressures that they face as part of modern life. So what are some common causes of stress in modern life, and what’s the antidote?

2. Evolutionary psychologists will tell us that part of the problem is that there’s a mismatch between the current environment (with its cities, bureaucracies, inequality, and social media) and the environment of evolutionary adaptation (tribal life on the savanna).

3. Below are 5 ways reasons the modern world might produce more stress, anxiety and depression than that of our distant ancestors.

a. We interact with a greater diversity of people.
b. We compare ourselves to higher standards.
c. We specialize more.
d. Markets are more efficient (a.k.a. “It’s the economy, stupid!”)
e. Innovation happens faster.

4. Stress in Under-Developed Countries – Poverty has been reported to be a major cause of depression and stress. In turn these are reported to be major causes of shortened life expectancy in these countries.
1. Some Reasons Why Modern Life Causes Stress in Industrialized Countries.
a. Constantly being connected.
b. Trying to do too much.
c. Not prioritizing
d. Poor and/or infrequent stress-release mechanisms
e. Pollution
f. Air pollution, noise pollution, visual pollution…everywhere we turn there’s a constant source of stimulation and not necessarily in a positive way. From being constantly connected, to air pollution affecting our well being, and noise pollution affecting our ability to hear ourselves think…it’s not surprising that we readily become stressed.

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