Stress, as defined by Merriam-Webster, it is "a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc." Sound familiar? Everyone experiences it to some degree. In fact, most people face at least some stress on a daily basis.
In our fast-paced world, it's no wonder that people feel overwhelmed. Work, family, media ... the list goes on. In small doses, stress can be a motivator. It prompts you to take action and prepare for or handle a situation.
On the other end of the spectrum, there's stress overload. This is when you reach your breaking point -- you feel like you can't cope and want to flee at the mere thought of the stressful topic. It can snowball on itself until even the smallest things become giants in your mind's eye.
Stress can take its toll on you both mentally and physically. Because the mind/body connection is so strong, one symptom can lead to another.
Luckily, stress can be managed and reduced. Lifestyle changes can make a huge difference. Mindfulness, exercise and meditation are three tools that can put you back on the right path. With the addition of therapy to help you identify your major triggers and other stress factors, you can get a handle on your perceptions of stressors and begin to eliminate the triggers that send you into a whirlwind of worry.