How to Fight Our Constant Stress

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It’s getting to a certain point and a lot of people have said enough is enough. 


A lot of us are feeling a higher level of stress. 


But why?


It’s because we’re social creatures by nature and we’re currently living in a world that is making that increasingly difficult, for good reason, but it’s the same situation regardless. 


Listen, Zoom burnout is real. 


Our brains are designed to help keep us alive, which I would say is a good thing. 


And how have we survived for so long?


Let’s be honest, we’re not exactly the most self sufficient animals on this planet. We have no natural armor. We have almost no natural way of securing food. Our eyes are centered on our face, which works great for predators (but we’re definitely not that), but horrible for prey (which I would say in the natural world we’re closer to).


So how did we manage to beat out the dinosaurs and become the dominant species on Earth?


By working together. 


We realized that by combining our strengths and weaknesses we could do a lot more. 


During the paleolithic era when one of us would go out hunting for food, the others would stay back and tend to the fire. We would hunt in packs to watch each other’s backs. 


The modern era isn’t any different. We still need each other to survive. 


So in our current situation where we are forced to isolate it can take a toll on our psyche. 


Our brains keep screaming, “you need to be around people!”, yet we know right now that’s actually not the safest route. 


But our brains, our biology, have evolved over thousands of years and we’re not going to simply flip a switch and change that. 


So why are we more stressed? Why does it seem like danger is creeping around every corner? Why do we just feel like throwing our hands in the air and saying “fuck it!”?


Because we’re fighting our nature. 


So what do we do?


We do what we can.


Yes Zoom is not a replacement for in person interaction, but it’s something. 


No going outside and getting sunlight and fresh air won’t cure your anxiety, but it will help.


Cooking a family dinner, together, is not a substitute for seeing your cousins on Christmas, but it’s better than nothing. 


Another thing you can do is find activities where you can feel safe and see other people, such as the gym, or even the grocery store. 


We need to be around people and we still can. It just might look a little different right now. 


If you’re looking to get out of the house and get an awesome work out with some awesome people, click the button below to schedule your FREE Intro Class. 


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Coach Andy is an Owner and Head Coach at Tradewinds. He grew up in traditional martial arts and uses that rigor and discipline in his high intensity strength training. The more technical the movement, the better, with his specialty being the olympic lifts, especially the snatch.