Most people don’t realize how serious of an impact stress can have on both your mental and physical health. When cortisol, a key stress hormone, is out of balance, it can lead to anxiety, depression, digestive problems, heart disease, sleep problems, weight gain, memory and concentration impairment (Mayo Clinic). These are serious issues that can have a HUGE impact on your quality of life. Instead of waiting for your stress to go away, we recommend doing as much as you can to reduce it yourself. Take a look at the infographic below to get a better understanding of the physiological side of stress and what you can do to manage it.