Stress and health are very closely related.
A human being can be seen as an intricate and wholesome system of balance. The state we are in when we don't feel unwanted pressure outlines the comfort zone. When additional pressure comes to affect us, we can react in three basic ways: we can resist, we can avoid, or we can let through and adapt.
When we resist, we try to match the external pressure by producing internal pressure. This is the common state of stress, and it is the most damaging way to react, since we are basically multiplying the pressure we place ourselves in. This makes our healthy balance rigid, inflexible - and prone to breaking. Emotional, mental and physical health become affected by this process.
The conscious component of stress is very important: in most cases we assume the state of stress voluntarily, and sometimes get lost in it. Our health is impacted by stress only as much as we let it.
Don't resist; let through. With this simple attitude change the damage to balance caused by stress can be minimized.