As human beings our fight or flight stress response plays an essential role in our navigation of the world around us. Unfortunately, gone unchecked, chronic stress can burn out this response and play a major role in many imbalances found within the body. In the fast paced, busy, and modern age that we live in, most people are dealing with varying levels of stress on a daily basis. Essentially, stress is the body’s reaction to anything perceived as a threat. These perceived threats or stressors can vary from acute, isolated incidents, to daily chronic issues. As humans and the world have evolved and changed over time these stressors have also shifted dramatically.
Thousands of years ago, as hunters and gatherers, the majority of our stress came from running and fighting off predators. In todays modern world, most people are neither hunting animals or being chased by them. Instead, in today’s world, most daily stress is centred in a much more emotional place. Stress is also much more frequent now, due to the wide variety of responsibilities and challenges we face every day that spark fear, worry, and anxiety into our everyday lives. Some of the most common triggers that spark these emotions and stress include financial issues, relationship issues, and pressures from work and family. It this modern day, stressors that can easily become chronic long-term stress when experienced consistently over time.