What is stress?

Stress is a state of physical excitement. It occurs when external pressures or demands require us to perform at top physical or mental levels. Whether we perceive the stress as positive or negative depends on how we assess our ability to manage these challenges.

If we experience a stressful situation, our bodies involuntarily trigger the phenomenon known as the fight-or-flight response. This helps us either confront the challenge or flee from it. One way or another, the body releases hormones which sharpen our senses and increase our ability to perform well. This state of emergency and the tension it causes are what make up the stress.

Emotional and physical exhaustion

This phenomenon is very useful on a short-term basis, but it becomes a problem if the state of emergency persists. If there are no periods of relaxation in between, stress will cause emotional and physical exhaustion. People start to feel overwhelmed and unable to manage the challenges.