Have you ever noticed that when the volume of the music is turned up in a restaurant (or your local Starbucks) that the voices of the patrons get louder?
Sadly, not only is the increasing volume a hearing-killer, but it's also a conversation-killer. The noise, rather than enhance the experience, detracts from it.
A similar thing can occur when you are stressed. How often do you pump up your own volume in order to manage your stressors?
In order to meet the increased demands and pressures of life, you may respond by trying harder, doing more, burning the midnight oil.
There is a price to pay for this increased output of energy. It may not be felt for a number of years. Like hearing loss that occurs from being exposed to high decibel levels, there is a loss that is exerted from stress.
Fatigue sets in, decision-making is impaired, problem-solving becomes difficult, health breaks-down and death may seem more desirable than the life one is experiencing.
As you go about your day, notice whether you are turning up your volume. Does it take more to get you through the day? Being aware that this is happening is powerful information. You can then learn and practise some techniques to change the way you do things, turning down the volume so that you live your life more elegantly.
How does that sound?
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