Would You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?
I love watching movies. I especially love the ones where people are forced into a situation that jeopardizes their life and they’re forced to make small life-changing decisions, such as traveling down one road vs. the other, staying with the pack or going in alone, protecting themselves and their family instead of protecting their best friends.
Saving the son vs. saving the wife.
A good example of a movie genre that fits this bill is zombie, post-apocalyptic horror movies!
The walking dead (tv show)
In zombie apocalypse movies, 1 of 2 things happen to all the characters:
They either overcome the situation and live, or, they wither and die away from acute infection or the simply can adapt to new situations. The concept is very similar to our everyday battles with life and our health. Either we learn to adapt to our situations by adopting life-changing, live-saving, life-giving habits, or, we get lost in the shuffle, forget our way, become unbecoming, and slowly decay from the inside out.
“Figuratively placing yourself in a zombie apocalypse is a great situation (really?) to understand your reflex responses to various situations and can give you great insight into how your ‘autopilot’ program works under the pressures of live.”
That being said, here's why you should be concerned with the top limit of your stress:
- When you reach your negative stress limit, your morals are put to the test, and your true character rises above your diurnal expressions.
- Edward Burke once said: "no man knows how bad he can be until he's tried really hard to be good". It's only when we are in the most extreme situations that we get a true glimpse of who we are and what we will tolerate within our normal, everyday behaviors.
- Our morals are put to the test. But with stress, often times we tend to ignore morals to deal with the incoming, acute issues and day-to-day activities. By the time we relax, our bodies have taken the toll, and we're trying to recover and return to the point we were at prior to being at our top limit.
Actually, our bodies never return to a past physiological state. We either get better, or we get worse. That response is up to you. It's also what makes us different from other animals in the animal kingdom. We can actually choose the thing that we know is bad for us, when we know there's a better way and have access to that 'better' way.
What are the major signs indicating that you've reached your top limit?
1. There's a noticeable change in your physical appearance. In the scientific community, one way we like to denote this is using the term phenotype (a physical manifestation of genetic expressions).
Hair quality becomes worse as a result of high, negative stress and reliance on protein as a more common source of energy (on average, protein should NOT be a major energy when compared to fats and carbs).
Muscle tone: system failure! The body simply becomes weaker and less able to cope.
Period, point blank.
Weight - Because of a combination of the first two (among other things), weight fluctuates, and can really go in either direction. Just because weight loss often results, it doesn't indicate a positive, metabolic change.
2. You illustrate the inability to keep up with day-to-day activities such as:
- Eating normally
- Completing everyday tasks
- maintaining healthy, human-to-human communication
3. Others notice a negative change in you.
- You're often Irritated
- You cycle between extreme highs and extreme lows.
4. You often feeling like you're running out of time. Everything you do is rushed. Nothing's ever completed with 100 percent effort (or close to it). (However, this is different from working with a sense of urgency).
Here's how to get the most out of the situation:
Breathe, purposefully and intentionally. Tons of research show that when people under intense stress just take a second to breathe slowly and consistently, heart rate, cortisol levels (stress hormone), blood pressure, and anxiety are reduced. In turn, this helps you process what’s actually going on and allows for better decision making on your part.
Reduce the load. If you can't reduce the load, find a more efficient way to carry the load (discuss carrying angle or correct squatting as a metaphor.
Go back to the beginning and address the 'why' behind your everyday actions. In other words, start with why.
Most of the things that most we concern ourselves with are not significant, which means many of our tasks are often trivial. Review your 'to-do' list and reevaluate the situation.
Keep this in mind: People who are truly well in all aspects of life seem to have a command for life instead of life commanding them.
They also typically survive the zombie apocalypse.