Are you stressed out?
Everyone talks about reducing stress, and with good reason. How we react physically and emotionally to the events that place demands on us to adapt—whether it’s a broken washing machine or a pending work deadline—may pose certain health risks. One of the strongest links between stress and illness is heart disease.
“All of us are living with stress all of the time,” says Lorne Zon, CEO of the Toronto-based Canadian Mental Health Association. That’s why the best way to manage stress is to be aware of the symptoms, and make sure we apply coping techniques (e.g., exercise, relaxation, fun) to manage the first signs. “If we aren’t aware of building stress, and many of us are not, a trigger may take us out of our comfort zone. Often, it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back,” adds Zon. Take our quick quiz (frequently) to find out when you’re harboring hidden stress*, and apply our tips for keeping it in check.
*Note: if you answer yes at least once to each question, you have hidden stress!