Well, I am looking out of a window as I write this particular blog and I confess that just a few minutes ago, my chest was full of anxiety and a bit of anger. That’s nothing new, because at times that happens to all of us. I was truly full of anxiety. But just after that feeling began to get the better of me I saw a statistic online that spoke of anxiety in America and what it does and costs. Check it out:
“Anxiety disorders in the United States are the number one mental health problem among women and are second only to alcohol and drug abuse among men. Some say the United States is now the most anxious nation in the world. The land of the Stars and Stripes has become the country of stress and strife. This is a costly achievement. Stress-related ailments cost the nation $300 billion every year in medical bills and lost productivity, while our usage of sedative drugs keeps skyrocketing; just between 1997 and 2004, Americans more than doubled their spending on anti-anxiety medications like Xanax and Valium, from $900 million to $2.1 billion. The Journal of the American Medical Association cited a study that indicates an exponential increase in depression. People of each generation in the twentieth century “were three times more likely to experience depression” than people of the preceding generation.”
Wow, that really something. So, what does that depressing statistic have to do with bloggers? I’m glad you asked. As I see it, bloggers all around the world talk about subjects vast and dear to them. There are blogs that I read which actually cause me to have a different perspective on a subject. The blogs I sometimes read help me to finish my thoughts. Other blogs I read change my point of view. All of the blogs I read have a calming effect on me, as I read the earnest words of people just like me who have problems and heartaches just as I do. It’s at those times that I realize again that we’re all just people who through blogging voice our opinions, gets things off of our chests, help others with humorous quips and sayings or with prayers and encouragement.
So, my wish to all of us bloggers is that we can throw away some of the meds we use to just make it through the day. Let’s blog and talk about it more and then see the results. Thank all of you for what you contribute to my life. Here’s to all of you bloggers – BLOG ON! You are helping countless others like me to relax.