The first thing that impacted me about the National Geographic documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer
is when Stanford University neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky said “stress is all about an immediate crisis; someone is trying to eat you or you are trying to eat someone”. Essentially, you are either the lion or the zebra in this scenario. Everything should be over five minutes later. You either got away or you didn’t; anyway you see it the stress should be gone.Keep in mind that as our bodies felt these stress indicators, everything that is not necessary to survive this immediate crisis completely shuts down. This includes the immune system, the reproductive system, growth, etc. (Red Flag #1: stress disrupts our body’s ability to heal). This made me think… how many of us have the same physiological reaction to missing a cab or bus for brunch time as the zebra does when being chased by a lion.
How many times have you been deadly threatened this week? Probably none, right? So, why oh why are our backs as stiff as boards- as if the lion is waiting in the dark. Watch this documentary. Evaluate areas where you need to improve. This documentary does an excellent job of portraying how important it is for us to manage our stress levels if we want to live a long, healthy and … dare I say, happy life. Aside from being amazingly educational, it’s an eye opener. A very fun eye opener. Plus, he has curly hippie hair. What’s not to love?!?!?
Next time you’re about to freak out, this doc will get you thinking… is this lion chase worthy?