Have you ever gone on vacation and been amazed to realize how stressed out you are in your daily life?
Compared to much of the rest of the world, Americans are the ultimate workaholics. We thinly spread a few short weeks of vacation time across the span of the year, spending most of our time pushing to our next goal, our next “Big Thing,” our next paycheck. As a society, we are not great at relaxing.
It was recently reported that we now process as much information in one day as we used to process in a week. We have access to so much information these days; it can be both a blessing and a curse.
The stress of processing all the input we receive on a daily basis affects our minds, our bodies, and our souls. It can affect our health, our fertility, the health of our unborn children, our relationships, and our perspective on life. As important as it is to gather information to be well-informed and to make effective decisions, it is equally important to step back, relax, de-stress, and allow for time to both process the information we learn and to allow quiet time to listen to our inner voice, our intuition. We need to find balance between focusing on the technology available to us and focusing on our innate abilities and the people and things that inspire us to reach for our dreams.
As the Max Klau Band’s song “Wisdom” says:
All the wisdom, it is drowning in information,
Like a man lost at sea. All that’s forgotten, we could have had it for free.
So let’s unplug, and get back to the things in life that really count
Stare into each other’s eyes all day. That’s all we need.
As the summer winds down and days begin to shorten, it is a great time to savor the opportunity to step away from the daily grind and find some time to de-stress from the onslaught of information coming our way. The internet will still be there tomorrow.
Michal Klau-Stevens is The Birth Lady. She is a maternity consultant, pregnancy coach, consumer expert on maternity care issues, Past President of BirthNetwork National, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and mother. Her website is TheBirthLady.INFO. Find her on Facebook at The Birth Lady page!