Stress is normal. If it's positive and short-term, it can feel exciting, motivate us to achieve our goals and to be more productive. However, negative stress, short term or long term, is harmful. It makes us feel anxious, it decreases our performance and it can lead to physical and mental health problems.
Stress is about how we respond to events or situations. We ask ourselves: is this a threatening situation? How can I deal with it? Stress occurs when the demands on us exceed our ability to cope with them.
We first learn how to manage stress as children. How we react as adults will be influenced by the experiences of stress that we saw in our home environment. If we were exposed to some stress and were taught how to manage it, we’re more likely to develop a positive stress response. If we experience high levels of stress as children and we aren't taught how to manage it, we learn to be overwhelmed by it.
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"It is not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it."