The most challenging part of stress is managing its symptoms. Since stress whether it be emotional or mental, causes a systemic (whole body) reaction, it is challenging to determine the exact symptom it is creating. The symptomatic effects of stress affects each person differently. For example, if a person has a weak respiratory system and has a history of asthma, the effects of stress will possibly show up as a persistent cough, asthma, or difficultly breathing. In contrast, if a person has a weak digestive system and they are placed under stress, that individual may experience stress as pain in the stomach, nausea, vomiting, or IBS. Despite the discomfort it creates, it is important to have effective stress reduction strategies and treatments in place in order to alleviate the symptoms.