Whether it stems from their professional or personal lives, millions of Americans contend with high levels of stress on a daily basis. Excessive amounts of this sort of anxiety – which is characterized by floods of a hormone called cortisol – can wreak havoc on the immune system, increasing the risk of heart disease and depression, among other health issues. Yet, despite these risks, most people take for granted that stress is an inevitable part of daily life.

But, according to health and wellness expert Janessa Bruce, people simply cannot afford to overlook the ravages of stress any longer. The prevalence of stress, as she refers to it in a piece for The Huffington Post, is on par with the oft-discussed obesity epidemic – which it undoubtedly contributes to – in terms of severity.

The so-called stress epidemic, as Bruce deems it, has likely been spearheaded by the rise of smartphones and other devices.

"The technology that allows everything to happen instantly fostered the need to do everything immediately," writes Bruce. "All of this felt manageable for a while but unsustainable as a long-term condition."

Unfortunately, it's unlikely that the tech-savvy population at large will return to the days of more limited access anytime soon, but there are a few key ways to diffuse the toll this "frenetic" way of life may take.

If you have a particular hobby or some activity that you truly take joy from, don't indulge in it on occasion – pencil it into your regular routine. Whether it's an hour of yoga in the morning or curling up with a novel at night, make these pastimes as high a priority as the stress-inducing tasks in your life.

Reducing your stress levels takes a concentrated, long-term effort, Bruce explains, and it can't be done overnight. In addition to making time for yourself, the anti-aging doctors at Longevity Centres offer hormone pellet implants and other forms of anti-aging medicine to help you feel better and age gracefully.