What impact can a stressful job have on your heart?
In caveman days, stress came from looming mammoths, and our response was an adrenalin rush that allowed us to fight or flee. In evolutionary terms, we haven’t come far when it comes to our reactions to stress, but stressors are almost constant and come in the form of deadlines, relationship issues and the juggling of diaries.
Imagine your body as a car. If you occasionally accelerate past an obstacle, the engine (your heart) will cope fine, but if you always drive with your foot on the accelerator, eventually the engine will show signs of strain. We must find ways of managing stress to protect our long-term health.