Stress – what does it really mean?
Stress is a part of everyday living, the demands that life places upon us. A certain amount of stress is necessary, in fact essential, to our living process. It provides us with challenges that stimulate us to strive for survival and progress.
Our body responds to stress by secreting the hormone adrenaline that prepares us for ‘fight or flight’, to deal with a potential threatening situation. Our bodies respond in this manner whether the stress is physical or psychological.
There is mechanical stress such as falls, heavy lifting and incorrect posture.
Chemical stress may occur in the form of air pollutants, additives and colorants in food and harmful chemicals in some cosmetics. Also, we all experience mental and emotional stress.