What is Stress?
Stress is a state of mental tension or emotional strain resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. It is a physical and psychological response to perceived threats, or challenges, whether they are physical, psychological or environmental. Stress upsets the natural state of balance in the body. It can be triggered by a wide range of factors, including work pressures, financial difficulties, relationship issues, health problems, and major life changes.
When we experience stress, our body releases hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline that trigger the ‘fight or flight’ response, preparing us to respond to the perceived threat. While short-term stress can be beneficial in helping us respond to challenges, chronic or excessive stress can lead to negative health effects such as high blood pressure, heart palpitations, anxiety and depression among others. Immune systems weakened by stress lead to burnout.
Managing stress is an important aspect of maintaining overall well-being and preventing negative health outcomes.