Destress your way through the new normal
According to a recent Ipsos survey, Canadians say 47 per cent of their stress is the bad kind.
Good stress, like trying something new like a recipe or a workout or a tight deadline, can feel motivating or exciting and doesn’t carry through the days. But bad stress, the kind that affects your breathing, heart rate and muscle tension, can have negative impacts on your long-term and short-term health.
Too much bad stress affects your mind and body. It can lead to headaches, depression, heartburn, shortness of breath, insomnia, high blood pressure, stomach aches, fertility problems and a weakened immune system.
Many of us are experiencing higher stress as we navigate a new normal. Social isolation, working from home, job loss, working as an essential worker, taking care of kids who are out of school, gym closures, and even regular tasks like groceries now cause stress. It’s normal to feel anxious or stressed – Statistics Canada released a recent survey showing that the majority of Canadians are anxious about the health of a family member, their own health or family stress. It’s now more important than ever to care for our mental health and our overall well-being.