Stress and how it affects us

Stress is an evolutionary survival mechanism that enables our body to deal with a short-term crisis situation. It is the buzz that enables people to accomplish seemingly impossible feats.

Long-term stress, however, has become a scourge of modern life that negatively affects us on a physical, mental and emotional level. Stress has been identified as the underlying cause (or at least a contributing factor) for many of the most common diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, adrenal fatigue, sleep disorders and some forms of depression.

In the workplace stress is now a major cause for illness-related absences. It has therefore become a necessity for companies to act to ensure the well-being of their staff.

Some people might not even consciously feel stressed. They just get on with their busy lives despite the recurring headaches, odd rashes, frequent virus infections, digestive troubles and inexplicable fatigue. In the morning they need a few cups of coffee to get started and in the evening they cannot settle down without a glass (or two…) of wine. If any of this sounds familiar, then there is a good chance that you are spending more of your physical resources than your body can regenerate. In other words your body is stressed and on its way to a burnout.

Bad nutrition and nutrient depletion are usually contributing factors that only make matters worse.