What is “Stress”?
Stress is a defined by many psychological approaches as a unbalanced between personal resources and environmental demands. It is a psychophysical reaction to a potential danger or a threatening situation, involving heightened mental and bodily states – it is both a physical and a physiological response to the environment. Your brain produces a stress reaction when you are in a situation that is physically or mentally demanding.

Stress is normal. Some stress is good for you – it keeps you alert and protects you in times of danger or when you need to act or think quickly. For example, feeling a bit stressed about exams is normal – it may help you to focus your energy into revising well. Prolonged and unwanted stress, however, may lead to mental and physical health problems. Stress can cause both mental and physical symptoms.

The effects of stress are different for different people. The mental (emotional) symptoms of stress include:


Inability to concentrate
Feeling excessively tired
Trouble sleeping

The physical symptoms of stress include:
Dry mouth
A pounding heart
Difficulty breathing
Stomach upset
Frequent urination
Sweating palms
Tight muscles that may cause pain and trembling


It’s almost impossible to live without some stress. And most of us wouldn’t want to, because it gives life some spice and excitement. But if stress gets out of control, it may harm your health, your relationships, and your enjoyment of life.