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What is Stress ?

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

What is stress?

How does stress affect us?

Stress is the standard response to the pressures of life. It becomes unhealthy when it impairs an individual’s day-to-day living.

Stress is the way our bodies respond to any perceived excessive type of demand or threat. When stressed, our brain instructs the kidneys to release specific hormones called adrenaline and cortisol which enter the bloodstream. As these are released, the liver is then triggered into releasing more sugar to increase our energy. The result of these chemical responses is that our breathing becomes more rapid and, in addition, increases our blood pressure and heart rate.

These responses may be beneficial if the trigger was due to physical danger as we would gain energy and strength, increased reaction timing and sharper focus. But if the response is due to our emotions, this can be harmful as there is no outlet for this energy surge.

Once the source of stress has passed, hormone levels and other systems return to normal, including heart rate and blood pressure.

The top sources of emotional stress include

Job pressure


Health conditions

Media overload


Poor nutrition

Sleep issues.

Signs of emotional stress include

Physical symptoms.

Relationships issues.

Effects of long-term stress on our body include




Sleep issues

Digestive issues

Heart problems

Weight gain

Memory issues.

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