Stress is all about the individual’s perception of a situation. When something is perceived to be threatening, it kickstarts a range of biological and behavioural responses. The problem with the way we have evolved is that we can evoke these responses to our own thinking, and in doing so, affect every system in the body. Common problems associated with persisting stress include chronic musculoskeletal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, pelvic pain, fertility issues to name but a few. Cognitively, stress can negatively affect our ability to focus, recall and learn, thereby impacting upon performance at school or work.
The World renowned expert on stress, Robert Sapolsky talks: