Stress can come from both external and internal factors. External factors include your environment, your job, your relationships with others, and all the challenges you encounter, and the expectations you have. Internal factors influence your body’s manner of responding or reacting to the external stressors. Internal variables include nutrition, overall health and physical fitness, emotional well-being and how much sleep you get.
Excess stress can lead to problems emotionally (anxiety and depression), physically (sleep issues, muscle tension, headaches, psoriasis, gastro-intestinal and more) and behaviorally (alcohol and drug abuse, overeating, angry outbursts). A variety of different relaxation techniques can help by producing the relaxation response. The relaxation response is not lying on the couch or sleeping, but a mentally active process that leaves the body relaxed, calm, focuses and able to promote self-healing for a total sense of well-being.