Tamara L. Goldsby
Linda & Bill: An example of chronic stress
Updated: Oct 12, 2019
As Linda and Bill sat in their weekly progress meeting in their busy jobs at a marketing firm, they both felt their stress levels rising. Linda’s jaw tightened as she considered the new workload piled on her shoulders, wondering how she would ever balance the increased hours for the project while still spending any quality time with her family. Bill absent-mindedly tapped his pen on his notepad as he felt his blood pressure creep up. When he finally drags himself home, he pours himself a stiff drink and shuts himself in his home office while Linda collapses in a chair and tries to zone out on the TV.
Sound familiar? You’re not alone. In the US and Western society, we are increasingly stressed out. We are overworked and looking for healthier solutions to de-stress. We need solutions that don’t require us to learn complicated meditations or techniques and that certainly don’t put a strain on our bank account.
Chronic stress is not only making us grumpy, anxious, and depressed, it’s taking a toll on our physical health. Chronic stress has been linked to numerous health problems, including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, digestive problems, addiction, and diabetes. A whopping 80% of Americans say they are stressed, to which you may relate. Let's change that.