What Is Stress?
Stress is a biological response of the body to any mental, physical, or emotional changes or external situations. Everybody experiences stress - be it a child, an adult, or an elderly person. Only the reason for stress varies. Although we believe that people today are more stressed than they were in the past generations, stress has forever been a part of life. Stress is normal and harmless if a person can cope with it in a healthy manner.
Every person responds to a situation (external or internal) in a different manner. Likewise, every individual has a different reaction to stress. A little stress can help when you’re working under pressure; it enhances motivation. However, if one continuously faces stress, it can negatively affect the body and increase the risk of several diseases, or aggravate the symptoms of existing health problems. It is very important to identify the signs and symptoms of stress and get an early treatment to prevent any serious complication of stress.
Stress is the body’s response to any change that needs adjustment. It can be a result of any external or internal factor. The causes of stress are called stressors. As the body becomes aware of the stressor, it initiates a stress response (fight-flight response).
The common stressors include: