Relaxing stress (AKA “fear”)

Everyone experiences some variation between relaxation and stress. The normal range of human experience includes both of the two extremes of relaxation and agitation (as in arousal or stress) plus everything in between.

For many people, there is a persistent experience of stress (which they might like to alter through exploring relaxation). We can measure stress by such indicators as the rate of breathing (like in hyperventilation), heart rate, physical tension, and of course the levels of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenalin.
The stress response is otherwise known as fear. Stress hormones increase the capacity for a sudden shift to “fight or flight” (as well as for freezing and faking and so on).

There are two general ways to relate to fear (AKA stress): either as a solution or as a problem. Both are understandable.

When a social animal relies on it’s society for survival, then “too much fear” can be labeled a problem by those who benefit from the participation of many others. For instance, for a disabled retiree, it is natural that they want to have lots of people working hard and paying lots of taxes in order to support the survival of the disabled retiree. If there was an interruption to the work done by farm workers and delivery truck drivers and so on, the disabled retiree might be unable to survive more than a few weeks without assistance.

To that dependent person, it is a problem for other people to have “too much fear.” Only through the cooperation of others do the privileged receive a constant flow of resources coming from hard-working productive people. In contrast, primitive subsistence farmers who are self-reliant are not likely to complain if millions of people a few hundred miles away simply stop working.
In other words, the fear of the priviliged people may be projected on to those who serve the interests of the privileged. The privileged may train the masses to avoid “too much fear” (to fear relaxation).

Any amount of fear that leads the masses to relax is a threat to the fragile privileges of the privileged. To the privileged, a moderate amount of constant fear is ideal for the masses, while so much stress that the masses relax is unfavorable. In the event of “too much stress” (indicated by such things as illness), the privileged elite benefit from the masses suppressing their immune system, ignoring the signal to relax, and continuing to dutifully provide for the privileges of the privileged.

Consider a case like “mandatory health care coverage.” Why would the privileged want to impose on to the masses mandatory participation in a system that supports medical interventions that mostly just interrupt the functioning of the immune system? Such a system reduces the number of days that the masses take off from work due to sickness.

So, naturally the privileged may be willing to support such a system and even to invest huge amounts of other people’s money (taxes) in to influencing public opinion about such programs.
So, it is understandable that the privileged may wish to force on to the masses certain health care practices, right? By subsidizing or even requiring certain medical procedures, the privileged can also reduce the profitability of other methods and approaches. By manipulating economic demand in favor of medical interventions that benefit the privileged, then economic demand for all other things drops (whether within the health care industry or not). Simply put, for every dollar spent on suppressing immune systems, that is one less dollar spent on something else.
In the field of marketing, it is the role of the marketing specialists to influence public demand. In the marketing of health care programs, the ideal outcome from the perspective of the marketer is that the public has so much emotional investment in a particular method that the public will be not just uninterested in rational discussion of alternatives, but terrified and even outraged by rational discussions.
The intense loyalty of the masses to the marketed practice is not just the target when marketing health care practices, but in general. For instance, when marketing financial investment alternatives, the intense loyalty to certain highly-publicized methods (and opposition to rational discussion) is the ideal outcome as well.

So, an immense amount of marketing can target producing the outcome in the masses of an irrational fear of admitting to the experience of fear. In the “new age” community (and the “new thought” churches), the demonization of fear is notably popular.

“Avoid negativity” is the ironic, hypocritical mantra of the naive practitioners of reverse psychology. Why are they so stressed about fear? Because unless they are programmed to experience intense guilt and depression at the first hint of the public display of fear, they may begin to relate to fear as valuable (and then, to make things much worse for the privileged, they may even begin to relax).

Who will cater to the privileged if the masses relax when they experience stress? Instead of allowing for the masses to relax, the marketers comne to the rescue of the privileged and promote more exertion: “if you are stressed, you probably just need to work out for an extra 5 hours per week!”

How is it that more physically stressful activity could be promoted as a remedy for too much stress? Well, marketers can be quite creative.  Further, the general public can be quite naive. As long as the emotions of the masses are powerfully triggered, they can be indoctrinated with a huge range of reflexive reactions by effective propagandists.
“If I am interested in relaxing, what is the best way to do it?”
That question is already a venting of stress. The person who is already stressed asks “what is the right way to stop being stressed?” They may be coming from a context of frightened perfectionism (a pattern of chronic tension).
So, what is a good way to relax? Simply reverse all of the signs of increased stress.

For instance, slowing down the pace of breathing is typically a very easy thing to do. The normal breathing activity of the highly-stressed modern masses is technically already within the range that could be medically classified as hyperventilation.

However, because the masses are so familiar with their own hyperventilating, they think nothing of it. Asthma, for instance, is simply a form of chronic hyperventilation.

There are many other factors related to stress, such as nutrition and pH (as in acidity or voltage). The same way that a very extreme pH concentrated in small area would be stressful enough to destroy tissue, very extreme pH distributed throughout an organism is also quite stressful.

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