What is Stress

You probably know what it's like to feel 'stressed-out.' What you might not know is that high levels of stress left unattended for long periods of time can wear you down emotionally and physically. Stress in life is unavoidable. The key is recognizing the signs and learning how to manage them.

So what is Stress really?

'I'm just so stressed right now!' Many of us have likely said this aloud at one time or another, but what does it really mean? In its most basic definition, stress is negative or overwhelming physical and psychological reactions as a response to the world around us and how it effects us.

Not all stress is bad. A certain amount of stress can help you to perform at your best. It's quite normal for instance to feel some stress when giving a public presentation or interviewing for a new job. In short low-intensity bursts the stress response can keep us alert and sharp. It only becomes a serious problem when we feel stressed for an extended period of time. This is exhausting and can leave you feeling that you're not coping very well.

Basic definition: Stress is a negative physical/emotional/nervous system response to feeling in some way overwhelmed. It is usually caused when the perceived demands placed upon us appear to outweigh our ability to cope.

Stress at a Glance

  • Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us learn and grow or can cause us significant problems.
  • Stress releases powerful neurochemicals and hormones that prepare us for action (to fight or flee).
  • If we don't take action, the stress response can create or worsen health problems.
  • Prolonged, uninterrupted, unexpected, and unmanageable stresses are the most damaging types of stress.
  • Stress can be managed by regular exercise, meditation or other relaxation techniques, structured timeouts, and learning new coping strategies to create predictability in our lives.
  • Many behaviors that increase in times of stress and maladaptive ways of coping with stress – drugs, pain medicines, alcohol, smoking, and eating -- actually worsen the stress and can make us more reactive (sensitive) to further stress.
  • While there are promising treatments for stress, the management of stress is mostly dependent on the ability and willingness of a person to make the changes necessary for a healthy lifestyle. In Addition to this start using our Prime 1 - it is a small investment for a longer and healthier life……. Make it part of your lifestyle changes.