The Secret Damage You Might Be Doing to Your Heart Right Now
Here's a self test adapted from the Perceived Stress Scale, a psychological tool that's used in studies to assess how stressful you view your life to be (whether you realize it or not). Start by taking stock of your thoughts and feelings during the past month. Now ask yourself the following questions:
If you found yourself answering "often" or "very often" to most of these questions, it's fair to say you've had a rough month and could be experiencing lingering effects. Your answers don't mean that you or your heart is about to explode—this isn't a diagnostic tool. But it can help you gain perspective and identify when you need to get serious about de-stressing.