by Deborah Metzger, Founder and Director, Princeton Center for Yoga & Health – Town Topics August 2011
Are you constantly thinking about things that happened today, yesterday or last week? Are you fixated on planning for the future – preparing for a day when things will miraculously be “better”?
If you’re like most people, even as you read this, you’re only half concentrating – your mind is running in a million different directions: thinking of the groceries you need to pick up, the errands that need to be run, the things you need to do over the weekend. We get so wrapped up in these thoughts that we rarely give ourselves time to be in the moment – to simply exist. Eventually, we feel run down, stressed out.
Some signs that stress is affecting your body include headaches, forgetfulness, lack of energy, lack of focus, poor self-esteem, short temper, back pain, upset stomach, general aches and pains. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, 85-90% of all illness and disease is caused by stress. Health problems that are often stress related include: depression, obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, acne, and menstrual problems.
So what can we do about it?