What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger; so goes a popular song. When it comes to stress what makes you stronger will also kill you. Stress is necessary to keep life itself in play, but in excess it leads to morbidity and mortality. So, what is it? We often feel restless, anxious, tense. In other words, stressed out. It is endemic. Newspaper headlines tell us that about 50 per cent of Canadians experience moderate to high levels of stress; job burnout is a $5-billion-dollar; and south of the border, the direct and indirect costs of stress-related mental disorders is $100-billion and rising.
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