Stress is being called The Black Plague of modern times and is the leading cause illnesses, depression and anxiety. Stress is a simple fact of life for most of us, and can sometimes serve as motivation to meet challenges or goals. But when gone undetected and unmanaged, constant daily stressors such as long commutes stuck in traffic, relationship/family problems, financial or work pressures can wreak havoc in our lives, eventually stealing our joy, health and beauty.
The “fight or flight response” we have while under stress is our body’s natural survival mechanism to a perceived threat. Today’s stressors don’t commonly involve live-or-die situations like our ancestors faced. Unfortunately, our body doesn't know the difference between "perceived" and "real life" threats. When we are in a continual state of chronic stress, our immune system is overtaxed and depleted making us susceptible to premature aging, a plethora health issues and ultimately a shortened life span. Sadly and all too often, coping with modern day stress involves self medicating with drugs or alcohol, comfort foods, watching hours of mind numbing TV.