Almost everybody thinks he or she knows what stress is. But relatively few of us really do understand it, recognize what it does within our bodies and know how to control it, live with it and make it work for us.
It is impossible to go through life without stress. And you wouldn’t want to, because stress is what prepares you to handle things you are unfamiliar with, or things that appear to threaten you.
Handled well, stress is a friend that strengthens us for the next encounter. Handled poorly, or allowed to get out of hand, stress becomes an enemy which can cause diseases like hypertension (high blood pressure), ulcers, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma or an overactive thyroid gland. Unbridled stress can also contribute heavily to heart disease and the weakening of other organs in the body.
The whole story of stress—and more importantly, the story of how to recognize it, how to handle it, how to live with it and make it work for you—is told in this book.