You’re sitting at your desk, listening to one of 12 conference calls on your schedule today. The person speaking is on a tangent that no one seems interested in, so you decide to multi-task and clean out the disaster that’s your Inbox.
At the same time, you have a browser window open for each social media platform, and you click over every time the little red box appears with a new notification; which by the way, you’re also getting on your phone which buzzes every 12.2 seconds.
Suddenly you’re being called upon, but you have no idea what the question was.
Modern life makes it easy to stay connected, and thanks to technology the world feels like a much smaller place.
But at what costs? The lines between work and personal time are now blurred. There is no such thing as a “9-5.”
The “bar” of what determines success is continually being raised, and we keep pushing ourselves to go farther, faster, because of our “fear of missing out.”
We pride ourselves on being daring and driven but in reality, the cost of being “always on” is far greater than we’d like to admit.
As much as we hate to admit it, we’re always “tired, but still wired.” We’re anxious, overwhelmed and operating in survival mode.
We don’t get enough sleep, so we rely on our Diet Coke breakfast to get through the morning, and the nagging cold that we’ve been dealing with for the past three months just won’t go away.
Even worse, we can’t focus on anything for longer than 2 minutes, we’re losing our memory, and it costs us our productivity.
And let’s not even talk about the stubborn weight, high cholesterol and hormonal imbalances that you’re secretly choosing to ignore.
Sadly, what I’ve just described is all too common these days. But like I always say, common is not normal.
As a holistic health coach, I've worked with smart, hard-driven, talented people. They've come to me because they have digestive issues, fatigue that won’t go away no matter how many hours they sleep, or they’re on more medications than any human should be on, and they want to get off of them.
Their doctors have ignored and dismissed their complaints as being "in their head" and they're frustrated because they're not being heard.
And many of these people are already eating relatively healthy diets and exercising regularly - so what’s going on?
The one common denominator has been stress.
One of the many definitions of stress is, “the action on a body of any system of balanced forces whereby strain or deformation results.”
Notice I said, “one of the many.” What I’ve found in my client work is that stress means different things to different people.
But here’s the kicker - your body doesn’t differentiate the different kinds of stress or your interpretation of it. To your body, stress is stress.
It’s had me thinking (we’re talking deep levels of critical thinking here), about how people define stress and how they experience it.
A few years ago, I was having the darnedest time recovering from a marathon, I'd gained weight despite hours and hours of training every week. My gut was a hot mess, and I couldn’t remember the last time I'd had a good night’s sleep.
But when my doctor told me I had adrenal fatigue from too much stress I told her, “How can that be? I’m not stressed at all.” Why? Because how I defined stress was limited to emotions and finances. I failed to see the other stressors I was experiencing, nor did I see what that limited view was costing me.
All this thinking has inspired me to dig deeper into this, which is why I started a new research project: The 100 Conversations Project.
I’m on a mission to understand more about 21st-century stress. I want to know how you experience it - the good, the bad and the ugly.
This is not a sales call, nor is there a “pitch” or a “call to action” - just real honest conversation.
You share your story. I’m here to listen.
I’ll ask you questions like:
- What’s your biggest challenge with stress right now?
- What does it cost you?
- How else is it holding you back in your life? In your work? In your health?
- What do you think the solution is?
- Have you tried it?
- What would it look like if your stress problems were solved?
- What would that do for the rest of your life? What else would improve?
- What would daily life be like?
I believe you have something to say about this and your voice deserves to be heard.
Will you spare me 30 minutes of your time?
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Hi, I'm Naomi!
I help smart and savvy women who suffer from chronic stress, unexplained weight gain and burnout, breakthrough their healthy blind spots and relieve symptoms through natural healing with whole foods and by making lifestyle and environmental changes. Why feel tired when you can feel fired up and ready to go every single day?
I love running outdoors, connecting with like-minded people, and exploring the San Francisco Bay Area with my pup, Coco Pop.