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Stress: does what doesn’t kill you make you strong?

By Vishwanath Baba and Don Pether      

Canadian data that would enable effective evidence-based management of stress and burnout remains sparse.

A national research strategy, followed by a national action plan that sets standards for services and expectations for our organizations, would go a long way in a positive direction. A caring society invests in the physical and mental health of its people, ensuring social harmony and economic growth. To sustain it, it must enact laws that engender management practices that don’t kill us but make us strong. Image courtesy of Pixabay

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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