Stress is an inevitable part of everyone's life and while many of us just grin and bear it, there is, in fact, a science behind stress …and, believe it or not, we actually need small doses of it to function.
I spoke to Cindy Ackrill, who is from the American Institute of Stress and also the President of Wellspark, to learn more about stress.
According to Cindy, stress is defined as our reaction to a perceived threat. Of course, each person has their own unique set of stress triggers, so it can mean very many different things to different people.
People today seem to be more stressed than ever before, which Cindy attributes to the financial crisis, unhealthy lifestyle choices, a general disconnect from others and even lack of sleep.
Although we need a little stress to motivate us in our day to day activities, excessive amounts can be dangerous and have harsh effects on the body. Common symptoms of stress include headaches, stomachaches and fatigue. In more extreme cases,Read More »from Recognizing the Signs of Stress