That said, I’m now home, and able to work again. It seems my mother stresses out too much, which really isn’t a big surprise, and that stress further complicated her recovery. Her near future includes lots of relaxation, and probably a reassessment of her obligations and plans. She is not happy about having to start to cut back on some of her hobbies and other projects.
This experience brought to light some information about a problem called Takotsubo syndrome. It seems this heart condition, which is sometimes stress induced, is currently on the rise. It used to be a more rare form of heart disease. I would deduce its rise in occurrence has something to do with the higher stress lives most of us experience these days. My mother, while living a rather stressful life is by no means the top of the scale. I’ve always known about the problems stress can cause mentally and emotionally. It seems the physical signs are starting to take more presence in our lives.
So, I’ll be doing my best to calm my own life down a bit, so that I can help my mothers transition to a less stressful lifestyle. They always chat about stopping to smell the roses, but I think there is more to it than simply enjoy life as you live it. It’s also about making sure you have a longer life to enjoy. Take care of yourself, and take time to relax. It’s more worth it than you may believe.