Are you stressed? Are you like the man in the photo who, when under stress, tends to overeat to the point of gluttony? Or are you like the woman in the photo who looks old for her age because of stress at work? In our fast-paced, highly-competitive and modern world, I think no one is exempted from experiencing stress. Even a baby inside a mother’s womb experiences stress on certain occasions! Indeed, everyone will experience stress, whether major or minor, whether positive or negative. Certainly, stress has become part of every human being’s life that cannot be completely avoided. Given its inevitable nature, the question now is – how well do you handle stress in your life?
Some people handle negative stress well, and it has little effect on their emotional or physical health. Others, who are very negatively influenced by it, become the victims of fatigue, chronic headaches, irritability, change in appetite, withdrawal, high blood pressure, insomnia and gastrointestinal disorders. Negative stress creates a tremendous breeding ground for illness. Researchers estimate that stress contributes to over 80% of all major illnesses, including cardiovascular disease, cancer, endocrine and metabolic disease, skin disorders, and infectious diseases of different kinds. And even if the illness is not caused by stress, it most certainly is made worse by it.