There is a growing issue in the world that affects almost everyone at least once a day. It's a problem that can sometimes be felt and noticeable, and at others – silent. It's stress. It comes in all forms and has no bias on age, race, religion, or gender. In today's busy and demanding society, stress is more frequently being compounded through the day.

Stress shows up at home when the kids are fighting, or you and your spouse appeal over any menial topic. But let's back this up a minute. Chances are the stress that led to those arguments in the home did not originate there. Take a moment or two and review your day. More often than not, the stress has been there all day long.

You got up after a poor night's rest, and were met with a dreary wet day at six AM. The drive to the office did not help either. Dangerous roadways and careless drivers were added to your stress levels. The workload and demands of the office compounded the problem as your day wore on. Finally, you bought it all home with you and unloaded on a member of your family over an otherwise small problem. This can all be controlled by just gathering a bit of information on how stress affects the body and what can be done to alleviate it.

Stress is mainly caused by the release of the hormone cortisol from the brain in response to environmental pressures. The pituitary gland is responsible for synthesizing this hormone upon release, but if you're under stress on a frequent basis cortisol levels may be harder for your body to manage. Left unbalanced, high cortisol levels can lead to even greater health risks such as obesity, hyperglycemia and even heart attacks.

The best ways to combat higher cortisol levels is diet, exercise and relaxation. A high intake of caffeine can lead to loss of sleep which in turn can increase cortisol production in the body. Lowering coffee consumption and a good night's rest will help control stress. Eating a well-balanced diet high in Vitamin C, Omega Fatty Acids, and fiber will also assist in the body's ability to regulate cortisol production and detoxify itself regularly. Getting routine exercise also aids the body in its ability to break down cortisol. Try to incorporate a regular light exercise routine through the week to control stress. Yoga and massage therapy are also proven remedies for stress release.

So, before you go off of the handle on another innocent bystander, take a moment or two to understand the messages that your body is sending to you. It may be a good idea to get in a light workout or a session of deep breathing prior to starting the workday, or dealing with the pressures of home life.