Stress is natural; it even helps us learn how to cope with different events that happen in our lives. However, no two people are the same, and therefore, our response to stress could be different from other people as well. Like nearly everyone on the planet, you experience stress in your life, from a demanding job that has you working long hours, to a long commute, to raising an unruly teen, to supporting an elderly parent. After all, even finding time to run errands and take care of yourself when your dry cleaner and dentist are only open during weekday hours can prove to be challenging.
Even if you are one of the lucky people who can work from anywhere and at any time, you may still find work challenging. When your office is a laptop, and your meeting room is virtual, it’s easy to blur boundaries about when to work and when to rest. And if you live in the United States, where there are no legal requirements to provide vacation and no government-mandated maternity leave (except in a handful of states), the limited time you have away from work can leave you chronically tired and put you at elevated risk for stress-related medical conditions. These conditions may include insomnia, migraine headaches, hypertension, anxiety, depression, weight gain, and gastrointestinal distress.