The dictionary defines stress as “a pressure or tension exerted on another object; a demand on physical or mental energy; or forcibly exerted influence usually causing distress or strain.” In short stress is any factor, positive or negative that requires a response or change. Medical research recognises that chronic ongoing stress can lead to illness, aggravate existing disease conditions and accelerate aging.
Many diseases have a foundation of stress. 43% of adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. 75-90% of all doctor appointments are for stress-related ailments and complaints.