Stress is an essential ingredient of life which, when handled effectively, enables us to cope efficiently and perform our best. Yet in Western society stress has come to be equated with distress. This is because, when stress levels rise too high, mental and physical well-being is affected and we feel unable to cope. The Stress Factor explains what stress really is and shows, through practical advice and simple exercises, how to manage and use it to achieve your goals. The reward is a happier, healthier and more relaxed life.