Any major or chronic stress will affect the adrenal gland. Quite frankly, it is not a gland that deals well with the modern-day lifestyle. A few thousand years ago, our stress responses were not asked to last days and months. If we encountered a lion, we would need to fight the lion, flee from it or be eaten. This type of stress would be decided in a matter of seconds or minutes. This is much different from the daily attacks of an impatient boss, a terrible commute, a rocky relationship or a chronic illness. While our mind knows that a bad boss at work does not threaten our lives, from the neck down the adrenal glands and the other organs respond by hearing the same instinctive alarms. So the stress encountered day in and day out at work is sending the message, “Lion!” The body can run from a lion for short distances, but it was not made to outrun the lion every hour of the day.