Hide, escape. Ever since Adam & Eve hid from God in the Garden of Eden, hiding has been humanity’s default method for dealing with stress.
Stress comes in many forms: from the daily weight of tons of tiny problems that need to be solved, to the daily weight of one big problem that just won’t go away; from fractured or broken relationships, to fractured or broken dreams; from disappointment in those we love, to disappointment in ourselves. And while we may face and work through the stress, we also crave to hide and escape from it.
Hiding and escaping comes in many forms. The most dangerous forms of escape are well known: drug, alcohol, porn, and gambling addictions. The seemingly less dangerous forms of escape are harder to spot: over-indulgence in eating, shopping, sleep or entertainment. We often wink at these more socially-acceptable forms of escape, joking how we can’t live without our coffee or chocolate, or how a problem is “nothing that a little shopping won’t cure,” or how we’re obsessed with a certain TV show, game, book series, or social media platform. After all, they’re not really harmful, right? (And yes, it’s totally possible to attempt to drown your problems in the drama of other people’s Facebook posts!)