Did you know that the winter months, particularly December, have the highest incidents of heart attacks?1 While this could be attributed to the time of year and overindulgence, emotional stress is also believed to be a major factor. Stress is your mind-body response to the thrills and challenges of the world around you. It can come and go quickly (acute stress). Stress can also drag on for years and feel like intense anxiety (chronic stress). When you’re stressed, your body jumpstarts the “fight or flight” response as a reaction to perceived danger. Before you even have a chance to mentally process what’s happening, your body is preparing to enter a fist fight with a shark, or send you running from a spider.
While you can’t eliminate all causes of stress in your life, you can better understand your mind-body response and how to handle it.Read More