The ubiquity of chronic stress in our busy, modern world is undeniable. In fact, if you looked around at most of the population, you'd think that being stressed, anxious, depressed, irritable, addicted to caffeine and craving salty or sugary foods was normal human behavior. But just because something is common doesn't make it normal.
This almost palpable undercurrent of stress and anxiety impacts not only the health of society but the health of your body and mind as well. In fact, a recent Harvard and Stanford study suggests that work-related stress is as detrimental to your health as secondhand smoke!
Why might that be? Let's take a look at the various ways stress can impact your body, according to research. Of course, my goal isn't to stress you out more; rather, consider these to be nine more reasons to focus on what you can do to manage stress.