We live in speed age. Today in Flint when multitasking is the norm of the day and things need to get delivered with snap of fingers and utmost precision, it’s a consensual fact that pressure would build and spill stress. Positive stress is a fillip, but negative stress in terms of fear, flight, health injuries, etc., backfires causing considerable emotional and physical damage.
With decreased threshold, people are becoming increasingly vulnerable. They are overwhelmed by painful emotions, fragile relationships,marriage/career concerns, health challenges, and other personal disasters. Stress management gurus in Flint swear by stress-busting, mood-boosting toolkit to build emotional resilience. To address the epidemic called ‘stress’, they advise effective emotion management, along with the mandatory green intake, adequate hydration, ample outdoor activity, social networking.
Rampant emotions are oftentimes primary stressors. There’s a huge payoff in daily journal logging; it clears mental clutter, brings clarity and vision, improves communication, enhances prosocial behaviors like empathy and understanding, sharpens decision-making skills, and much more. One can also use the ‘ avoid-alter-adapt-accept’ approach to handle life stressors. Relationships, situational and environmental factors that are stressful, however important, should be altered, adapted with, or accepted altogether. If one can afford to do without certain other life factors , they must be discarded with immediate effect without any guilt-trips. Sharing jokes and daily dose of laughter therapy keep the child alive in you. Life’s not all about racing against time and pressing hard at all buttons, it is also about attunement with Nature, that brings balance back into life.
Each year as a tradition to myself and this green movement website, I write on the events of Earth Day (April 22nd) this year is no exception. I will focus more on some new ideas and representations of our planet Earth. The symbols of Earth Day have been similar throughout the years, including an image or drawing of the Earth..