First off, if you haven’t already noticed, Huffington Post has a Less stress, more living series. Check it out.
Second, if you have an hour to spare and want to engage your intellect or dedicate some time to think about stress management in your life (and in our schools and in our hospitals), below is a thought-provoking discussion/debate on the topic to accompany your Saturday morning cup o’ joe/tea. (Just be sure not to multi-task and be mindful as you watch, right?) 🙂
The video is a forum brought to you from a partnership between Harvard School of Public Health and Huffington Post Living. Very cool. Here is the video link.
If you don’t have time and the thought of a 1-hr educational video stresses you out, here are some highlights to note from the conversation:
- Stress is a big problem and every symptom and disease is amplified by stress.
- Stress is not distributed equally to people in society. People of lower education and socioeconomic status are hit harder.
- The medical system does not have a systematized process for dealing with stress in their patients and more and more people are affected by it.
- There are studies that show that doctors advise patients to do what they tend to do. If they like to exercise they advise patients to exercise, if they like to check their lipids, they advise their clients to check their lipids. Makes sense. One panelist said that we need more practitioners and doctors in the world who model and understand techniques and behaviors that promote healthy living and stress reduction. Until people begin to walk their talk, they will not be prepared or qualified to offer helpful advice or resources to their patients (as it pertains to stress).
- Health coaches and yoga teachers are becoming popular – my personal plug 🙂 and will have a greater presence and role in the collective’s ability to navigate our health.
- Some food for thought: What should mental health centers of the future look like? What should the portfolio of options look like? As our collective stress will only continue to grow, we do not want to limit our delivery of the new model of care and should be open to the fact that there is no one prescription to address stress, there are many.