Stress is the body's normal response to change, resulting in physical, emotional and intellectual responses. Stress management training can help you deal with change in a healthier way.
What is stress?
Stress is a normal human reaction that happens to everyone. In fact, the human body is designed to feel and react to stress. When you encounter changes or challenges (stressors), your body produces physical and mental responses. It's stress.
Stress reactions help your body adapt to new situations. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert, motivated and ready to avoid danger. For example, if you have an important exam coming up, a stress response could help your body work harder and stay awake longer. But stress becomes a problem when the stressors persist without relief or periods of relaxation.
What happens to the body during stress?
The body's autonomic nervous system controls heart rate, breathing, vision, etc. Its built-in stress response, the “fight or flight response,” helps the body cope with stressful situations.
When a person suffers from long-term (chronic) stress, the continuous activation of the stress response causes wear and tear on the body. Physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms develop.
Symptoms of physical stress include: