Stress is a state of mental and emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse and demanding circumstances. Stress is becoming an increasing problem in society today and contributes to many different health conditions like back issues, headaches, insomnia and IBS.
Stress can lead to the fight or flight response in the body which in turn releases certain stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in the body. These hormones allow your body to deal with the perceived threat (stressor) that has created the fight or flight. Once the body has overcome this response the hormones go back to normal. If, however, the body is under constant stress the effects of these hormones will remain and may lead to the issues mentioned above.
People sometimes cope with stress with unhealthy habits, for example, overeating or comfort eating unhealthy foods, smoking and drinking. These in turn can lead to additional health risks.
There are healthy habits which can help manage the symptoms of stress. For example, breathing techniques, exercise and mindfulness.