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World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. Mental health at work has been elected by popular vote this year. It was time!
"We live torpedoed by social, family and economic demands. We live conditioned, corralled, and riddled with constant bursts of information. We look like monkeys jumping on a hot iron. We compete daily with millions of globalized people, for a place on the planet. "
© "Stress. User manual for humans »- Ricardo Lampugnani
This is the feeling that today's society gives. A kind of huge centrifugal machine that draws you to its center and if you are not fast enough to withstand the dizzying pace, you spit to the periphery.
I know it sounds a little apocalyptic, but the numbers confirm it.
The American Psychological Association (APA) conducted a work in 2013 to determine the degree of stress experienced by different generations.
The generation called Millenials, reached a level of 5.4 on a scale of 10. Scientists consider that the border between the eustrés and the distress is at 3.6. On a subjective level, 40% of members of this generation claimed to feel more stressed than ever. It is the population group that suffers the most stress.
The rest of the generations reached, in 2013, to 4,9 of 10 and the scientists considered this data positive for having diminished three tenths respect the previous year.
Because of the distress, Millenials also suffered more depression, specifically 19% of them suffered compared to 14% of generation X (34 to 47 years old) and 12% of Baby Boomers (between 44 and 66 years old).
As for anxiety, Millenials doubled the rate of their parents' generation.
The causes of these levels of stress in the whole population correspond to work in 76%, money in 63% and personal relationships in 59%.
I do not have reliable data later, but I do not think the stress has dropped from 2013’s pathological levels.
If we consider that the study is carried out on the population of the United States and the percentages of stress are mostly attributed to work and money ... I do not want to think about the results of the same study in those called emerging countries, those that have been at war for years or those with unemployment rates of 20% of the active population and 50% of people at risk of exclusion.
Why do I put these data?
To show that if the limit between positive stress and distress is at 3.6 ...
The entire population suffers from distress or negative stress with more or less serious consequences on their health and quality of life.
That is, you, me, the neighbour, and the office’s manager.
In many cases, stress is chronic and its consequences are difficult to reverse.
But, misery loves company...
I want to live with positive stress that stretches me forward and not with a negative one that pushes me to the abyss.
And you?
And as I always say, the best way to handle a situation is to know how it works.
Doctors, for example, advise to lead a healthy life to alleviate the effects of stress: exercise, eating in moderation, avoiding drugs, tobacco, alcohol ... That is, they assume that we have no remedy and try to minimize or slow progress of the illness.
Why are medical advice palliative?
Because:
Exercise stimulates the production of endorphins and these substances produce a sense of well-being, but they do not eliminate the cause of the problem.
Eating in moderation prevents overweight, sedentary lifestyle, bulimia, and anorexia. But eating is a powerful anxiolytic. Why do not we eliminate anxiety?
Avoiding drugs takes us away from addiction and its consequences, but endorphins and noradrenaline can also be addictive to relieve anxiety, and depression. There is no need to see more than the number of movies of fear and violence filmed each year, the amusement parks with games increasingly extreme and the unsuspected limits that have reached high risk sports.
Tobacco and alcohol are social drugs. The damage that can cause a cigar or a glass of wine, are insignificant or do not exist. The problem is the addiction produced by anguish, depression, loneliness ... And all of them are a consequence of distress.
I do not want to say that if we eliminate the distress, we would no longer be addicted to adrenaline, food, alcohol, drugs or tobacco, but believe me, there would not be so many.
At the beginning of this book was a sentence. Do you remember it? It is from Richard Carlson, a prestigious psychologist, who died very young, who was a stress specialist. His most famous book is: "Do not worry about small things ... And they are all small things."
The phrase says: "Stress is nothing more than a socially accepted mental illness." And as a disease, the only way to cure it is by eliminating the causes that produce it, and knowing how it works. The first is very difficult, but the second is within our reach.
To try to know how social distress works, let us analyse the study we saw above:
76% of the distress corresponds to work and those who suffer most are young people between 18 and 34 years.
Why?
Because they are the most inexperienced. The labour system has been radicalized in such a way that if you do not have experience you do not get work for more capacity and training that you have. And to get that valuable experience you must endure abusive deals, offensive salaries, and exhaustive workdays. When you reach thirty-four, you have eleven years of useful life to get the job of your dreams, because at forty-five you are too old to start a new journey.
It is incredible that now, when life expectancy is the highest in human history, a person in the almost half of his existence cannot get a decent job.
Why?
Because the system knows that, if you are over 45, you no longer swallow the hook.
Of course, there are honourable exceptions, but the vast majority are for liberal professions that do not need a normal job to develop.
I did a few years ago an experiment. A French company needed a specialist in agricultural chemicals. I signed up for the offer and distorted my age. I said I was ten years younger than I had. Luckily, I always looked less ... They did all the tests and exams and I passed them without problems. I did interviews in French, English, and Spanish. The company was delighted to give me the job. Of course, I did not accept, it was just an experiment. Of all the requests I sent putting my real age, nobody ever called me ...
This phenomenon is not new, began at the end of World War I and was perfected after the Second. Large capitals had the resources to put many carrots in front of the donkey.
What?
Yes, Mr. user. I do not know who the fable is, but if I do not know it, I'll try to tell it.
Everyone knows that for a donkey to pull the cart you must put a carrot in front.
The donkey thinks that someday he'll reach the carrot.
The master repeats to him that surely tomorrow will have more force. It's almost trapped today! The carrot dangling from the stick above his head touched his muzzle. That night, the donkey dreams of the carrot and runs through a green meadow to a mountain of sweet, juicy carrots.
The next day, the owner has everything ready for him to continue the hope: tie the donkey to the cart, hangs the carrot of the stick and accommodates himself on the top of the cart while singing. The cart goes forward while the man thinks about the amount of money he will earn by selling the eggs at Vera's market.
The donkey only has braids for his carrot and today he surely reaches it. He has been told of many donkeys who have reached the carrot. It is the subject of conversation with other donkeys when the master leaves him grazing on the outskirts of Vera, while he sells the eggs.
That Saturday has been exceptional and the man feels sorry for his donkey, so when they get home, give him the carrot.
"It conforms little," thinks the man. “Just one carrot to make you happy”
"Think you’ve worked four months just promising the carrot," he says to the donkey, thinking the beast does not understand.
"What a fool you are, my son! He continues to say to the poor animal and ... for another four months he puts the carrot again in front of him.
Do you want us to list up the carrots?
Car.
Home
Money.
Holidays.
Home Cinema.
iPad.
Tablet.
Prestige.
Power.
Cruise.
Sailboat.
Education of the children.
New furniture.
Eternal youth
Quiet old age.
Health.
There are many more, for all tastes of all the donkeys.
Are you calling me an ass?
It depends.
If you pull the cart to try to catch the carrot, yes. I'm calling you donkey and also a donkey with a stress that arrives to your ears.
The idea is simple and effective.
If you try hard enough, bend your head as much as necessary, flatter your convenience and agree to waive any right that interests you for the benefit of the company ... You will get your carrot!
But ... Hurry! The position is only available for ages between 30 and 40 years old, with demonstrable experience of at least 5 years in similar position, knowledge of English, French, German, Turkish, Chinese and Russian, spoken and written. It requires good presence, people skills, availability to move to the North Pole, driving license ...
I guess it will be to work as a Santa's helper.
Take it or leave it! After you there is an endless row of donkeys who want to take the place.
System does not work. The experts say, it is an open secret. The current economic system cannot avoid one crisis after another. Then they have invented a carrot that has no waste:
«Crises are an opportunity to grow»
What a mess!
And then the donkeys double their surplus - and their stress - to see if they enter the privileged circle of geniuses who have managed to grow during a crisis ...
That is, those who created the problem and have benefited from it not only cannot solve it, but they pass the ball to you and me so that they do not run out of business.
Okay, so ... To avoid distress, I do not work?
No, no.
I say that work is a mean to reach the goal. To reach your goal, not the system’s.
What's your objective?
Because if the goal is to get the carrot you will have no choice but to become a donkey.
© of the book «Stress. User Manual for humans »by Ricardo Lampugnani