I have been reading a book by Dr. Archibald D. Hart, entitled, The Hidden Link Between Adrenaline and Stress. His thesis is that the adrenaline hormone is released by stress, which if allowed to continue flowing, creates “stress damage” upon the body, especially on the heart. He calls this negative impact “hurry sickness.” It’s a scientific fact that stress kills. So if your life sometimes feels like you are on a runaway train bound for a crash, join the club. Now, the first motion on the floor is to slow that train down! Great idea, but how? Hart says that it will take an intentional effort to put on the brakes by creating margins in life and taking time to recover from stressful events. It is both a calendar issue and heart issue. It also is an addiction issue. He says that many Western folks are acutally addicted to adrenaline arousal. That is why we type-a personality folks have trouble just being rather than doing. So, I’m looking forward to his next chapters on the importance of sleep (he says the human body needs an average of nine hours of sleep a night to remain at full functionality) and rest. He has several relaxation techniques that I plan on perfecting. 🙂 So, if you want to join the “I’m a trainwreck waiting to happen” club, hop on board! But let’s slow train down so that we can really live, work and play in a way that is both healthy and productive.
Do you have any ideas for the club? Feel free to share them below.