Life is filled with stress or a constant demand to change, adapt and grow. Some people thrive on the challenges life presents. But for others, stress can create extraordinary problems, both physical and emotional. Medical research has shown that the mind, a person's beliefs and their emotions have a direct impact on one's health, bodily processes and disease states. Likewise, a person's physical status can affect one's emotional well-being as well.

Stress may be defined as any external or environmental pressure that makes physical or emotional demands upon our body causing it to adjust and initiate a change in response to the pressure. Stress is complex and can have both positive and negative effects. Some forms of stress are good and even enjoyable; without it, life would be boring, dull and even more stressful.

Chronic stress can put people at higher risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, susceptibility to infections, skin disorders, gastrointestinal problems, diabetes, headaches and other chronic pain conditions.

Chronic stress can also affect emotional health by causing anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance, sexual dysfunction and problems with memory, concentration and learning.

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