The Truth About Stress
Stress has been called 'the health epidemic of the 21st century' by the World Health Organisation. Experts believe it can contribute to life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, dementia and types of cancer - and the pressures of 24/7 modern-day life are often held to blame.
In this programme Fiona Phillips explores some of the very latest scientific research behind stress, and demonstrates a number of techniques designed to decrease common stress factors.
But is stress inherently bad for us? Fiona investigates the notion that stress in small doses can actually be good for us - if we can simply change the way we perceive it. She also speaks about her own experiences with stress and describes her mechanisms for coping with it.
Alongside a team of experts, and a number of willing volunteers, Fiona puts herself into a number of high-stress situations to truly understand the meaning of stress and its power - if we could use it to our advantage.
The Truth About Stress, a 1x60' for BBC One, is made by Blink Films and is Executive Produced by Miranda Peters and Justine Kershaw. The Commissioning Editor is Diene Petterle.
The Truth About Stress will air on Thursday 4 May.
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