Inner Climate Change

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Cynthia Frenette

The world is inflamed, and so are we. Maybe the two are connected, and maybe healing our own bodies can help heal the world.

I took a stress questionnaire online recently and scored a whopping 120 out of 200 points: significantly stressed, according to the scale. Adding to that, having my gut sense of stress confirmed by a credible stress research tool made me a tad more stressed. As I continued down the stress rabbit hole, I came across some statistics from the American Psychological Association documenting that being stressed is a nationwide and even international epidemic. The top five causes of stress: future of our nation (63 percent), money (62 percent), work (61 percent), political climate (57 percent), and violence/crime (51 percent). Physically, we might experience all this stress as fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, muscle tension, change in appetite, emotional eating, insomnia, teeth grinding, lack of libido. Psychologically, there is a ripple effect as well, namely irritability, anger, impatience, nervousness, anxiety—feeling on the brink of crumbling from just trying to keep it all together. In my stressed state, I couldn’t even think of people who are not in that predicament, with the numerous responsib …

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