Stress is draining. Here’s how you can recharge your battery

To put a problem in perspective, ask yourself: “Is this situation really going to affect me in a year?”

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January 5, 2023 - 4:10 PM

Time outdoors is one of the ways we can reset in an over-stressed world. Visitors at dusk at the Mt. Wilson Observatory on July 13, 2019, in Mt. Wilson, California. (Gina Ferazzi/Los AngelesTimes/TNS)

My phone is showing that little red low-battery bar, and I need to plug it in immediately or lose my connection. What if I didn’t recharge — no, that would stress me out. But what if, in addition to recharging my phone, I took a few minutes to recharge myself?

We have an energy crisis, not just the burning of fossil fuels ravaging our ecosystems. Inside, we are burning up energy like a wildfire with our chronic stress. And it’s exhausting.

The 2022 American Psychological Association annual survey on stress showed a flashing red alert: More than a quarter of U.S. adults are feeling overwhelmed by stress — paralyzed, even numb. No wonder we are communally fatigued — stress uses a tremendous amount of energy. We have fatigue from work, the long shadow of COVID and much more to contend with.

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