Stress is a common feeling that arises when demands are placed on us. It’s part of the “fight or flight” response that prepares us to act quickly when faced with danger. Not all challenges today involve real danger, but our stress response can kick in when we face a variety of other life challenges.
Stress becomes a problem when we experience it for a prolonged amount of time, or when we can’t recover from stress. Our bodies and brains were not designed to experience stress all the time. When our stress systems get overworked, our risk increases for experiencing various physical, emotional and mental health problems.
Some stress-related symptoms may include:
If you are experiencing some of the above symptoms, it may be a sign that stress is becoming a problem in your life. Stress Strategies offers the following action strategies for coping with stress.