McGill University’s Centre for Studies on Human Stress at L’Hôpital Louis H. Lafontaine in Montréal is a remarkably helpful resource for those of you who are so chronically stressed day to day that you no longer think this state of being is even abnormal anymore.
Anybody who has undergone ongoing chaos in the workplace, a family health crisis, a divorce, a death in the family, serious financial worries, too darned many deadlines, and many other of life’s realities can recognize the symptoms of chronic stress – but did you know that this low-grade stress is extremely damaging to our hearts?
In fact, the World Health Organization has predicted that by 2020, stress-related disorders like heart disease and depression will be in the top two leading causes of disability in adults. According to the Centre for Studies On Human Stress, there are three distinct stages of chronic stress. See if any of these sound familiar: Continue reading “A heart patient’s guide to the three stages of chronic stress”