Stress – Overview

Stress is a state of tension that is created when a person responds to the demands and pressures that come from school, work, family, and other external sources, as well as those that are internally generated from self-imposed demands, obligations and self-criticisms.

Stress is the physical and mental tension you feel when you are faced with change. It tells you that you are under pressure. Your body has evolved a system that warns and prepares you for change and danger. This is called the fight or flight system. When under stress, the system causes you to be more alert, and it makes the heart beat faster. Your muscles tense; you sweat, but your mouth goes dry. Your stomach or bowels might feel upset; you might have a change in appetite or develop a tension headache or hand tremor. Stress cannot be eliminated but it can be productive if you learn how to handle it effectively.

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