Over the course of this upcoming election many of us have been inundated with a barrage of data that adds on to the stress we're already feeling in everyday life. The problem is, this is a recipe for an ongoing stress cycle.
If you're one of the many millions of people who are in need of a break, putting your stress into words can have powerful positive effects.
Stress is not something that happens to us as a result of outside influences. We can choose how we react to outside stimuli when they occur. We can either find a way to change a situation, or we can accept it.
Words truly have the power to soothe our souls and comfort our spirits, to offer us a glimpse of other worlds, and to shine light on our own hopes and dreams. The more I read, the more I know, but more importantly, the more I get to know myself.
Welcome to the sardonic comedy of our time: Rushing to Relax. Do you have symptoms of "Time Deficit Disorder"? Can you relate?
Stress is all around you. Can you see it? Or is stress all around you because you see it?
In the interest of our own physical health, it's time to step away from post-election hysteria. Where does one begin? Going back to Lao-Tze's tenet, it starts with language: both what we tell ourselves and the words we use to communicate to others.
by Daniel Alarcón
by Donna Tartt
by Jennifer DuBois
by Julian Barnes
Published on September 24th, 2013