Stress has a lot of negative effects on our physical ad emotional health as well as how we respond cognitively to the world. Physically, stress affects cardiovascular, immunity, and generally lowers ability to react to strain. Emotionally, prolonged stress can lead to anxiety, depression, addictions, and relationship stress. Cognitively, stress can alter how we view or react to the world. Stress is a part of life, but affective management can allow us to live a more balanced life.