In an article entitled “Psychological Stress and Accelerated Aging,” Dr. Benjamin B. Treadwell points out that studies have shown there is a dramatic association between psychological stress and physical markers of cellular stress and aging. In fact, you may accelerate your biological age by as many as 17 years by being exposed to what you perceive to be a high psychological stress for prolonged periods of time. To some degree, stress perception is somewhat subjective. Meaning, that 100 people can experience the same stressful situation and there will be a whole range of responses from a few who shrug it off to those who perceive it is nearly the end of the world. It is critically important to learn to identify and manage your stressors.