Stress is everywhere in our busy lives. Traffic, bills, sitting at work for hours, deadlines, poor diet — stress is inevitable. Our body’s ability to adapt to a stressful situation is what determines how stress affects our health and well being. Why do some deal with stressors better than others? We all have developed an emotional and physical “skill set” that allows us to deal with stress in a unique way. Stress causes an increase in our blood cortisol levels, and this is “pro-inflammatory,” meaning it makes any inflammation in our muscle, joints, stomachs, etc, worse.