In September 2020, I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure caused primarily by high blood pressure that was left untreated for too long. Despite leading a healthy lifestyle, exercising regularly, and having a diet of minimally processed food, unchecked stress and anxiety coupled with my high blood pressure to result in my diagnosis at age 34. 

Many of us are experiencing uncommonly high levels of stress right now related to COVID-19, politics, and the unknown future. Everyone is struggling to keep up with work and life in the midst of increasing chaos and uncertainty.

After my hospitalization, I had to make a plan for jumping back into work and family. I needed to take into account my physical limitations, while running my writing and consulting business, "co-homeschooling" my 6-year-old son with my husband, and making time for the onslaught of medical appointments that were about to come my way.

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