High-Tech Stress – Get Healthy from the Inside-Out

Stress and other unhealthy symptoms can easily come upon us in uncertain times like these. Combined with what is (or often seems to be) a much faster pace of life, it’s no wonder that most of us, from time to time, can lose perspective on our jobs, our careers, our relationships – even our lives in general. Technological advances certainly contribute to this acceleration and thus are viewed by many as “part of the problem.” Others, especially the people and organizations part of this high-tech revolution, see them more as “part of the solution.” Yet today, even many in high-tech find that they are adversely impacted by this uncertain, increasingly fast-paced, and dynamic industry.

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There is truth in each of these perspectives. Our creative ability as humans is astounding, as evidenced by the many advances of the 20th Century. While we may differ in our perspectives on the value/contribution of these advances, few will dispute the creative genius that they represent. Fewer still can escape the impact of these dramatic changes in our world. Like it or not, technology is part of how we live, and with it comes the opportunity to adapt or become overwhelmed. The good news is that the same creative energy responsible for these developments exists within each of us. This innate ability can support us in handling this “high-tech stress” and adapting to today’s ever-changing world. The history of the human race is our best evidence of this; with this natural human ability, we create our own lives as we choose. Once recognized, this ability can become a powerful personal and professional development tool.


Many people (myself included) have found an insight developed by Sydney Banks called Psychology of Mind/Health Realization (often referred to as simply Health Realization or HR) extremely helpful. The understanding is built upon three principles — Mind, Thought, and Consciousness. The basics are that we create our reality through our thoughts, and because, as human beings, we can be aware of this through our consciousness, we can choose to change or let go of thinking… just as I get to choose the next word, I… write… type… but… in this sentence.

In an increasingly complex and dynamic world, losing track of this simple insight is easy. As intelligent beings, thinking comes so naturally, and our brains work so fast that it can seem that our thoughts occur on their own. When someone says, “My head is spinning,” or “Thoughts just keep racing through my head,” it often means they have lost touch with this insight, and reminding them that they can “let go” of the thoughts that are not serving them well at the time can make a big difference.

In the context of HR, our feelings are a natural feedback mechanism (a barometer) of the appropriateness or healthiness of our thinking. By being more mindful of our feelings, we can begin to let go of our “personal thinking.” These persistent (and often non-productive) thought patterns, like regrets about our past or fears regarding our future, are like tapes we play in our minds. We can become so used to “hearing” them we forget we created them in the first place. By becoming aware of this and choosing to reduce the level and intensity of these types of thoughts, we naturally become more quiet and present.

We can see how our Mind can support us from that quiet place. In HR, “Mind” goes far beyond the function of our brain and refers to our connection to a universal life force or creative energy. When we become very quiet, we are open to receiving more creative energy and can experience more “flow thinking.” Most of us have experienced being “in the flow” at some point. Athletes report this feeling when achieving peak performance levels with seemingly little effort. Many artists do as well. For myself, in coaching, when I connect with someone deeply, my speaking and hearing become more centered in my body than in my head and physical senses.

This “deep listening” state becomes more natural with practice, and the feeling is remarkable. That feeling of well-being is what the understanding refers to as Innate Health. It is accessible to each of us, hence the notion of Health Realization referring to our natural ability to “realize” our health whenever we choose to do so through awareness and use of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness in our daily lives.

Our Innate Health is a guide to managing our lives. As we become more aware of our thinking, we can connect with our inner wisdom and insights. Moreover, as we realize this natural, more peaceful state, our true creativity will begin to flow… perhaps only as a trickle at first, but with practice as a stream of new thoughts. In this healthy state of Mind, we become even more aware that we can choose how we think. And as we do, we gather new insights and develop new perspectives on ourselves, our lives, and our changing world. We become better able to deal with the impact of high-tech changes and may even utilize some of the advances in our lives, creating a new, healthier reality for ourselves and those around us.


Alcohol scholar. Bacon fan. Internetaholic. Beer geek. Thinker. Coffee advocate. Reader. Have a strong interest in consulting about teddy bears in Nigeria. Spent 2001-2004 promoting glue in Pensacola, FL. My current pet project is testing the market for salsa in Las Vegas, NV. In 2008 I was getting to know birdhouses worldwide. Spent 2002-2008 buying and selling easy-bake-ovens in Bethesda, MD. Spent 2002-2009 marketing country music in the financial sector.