What is Stress?

A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances. Stress is extremely difficult to define because it is so different for each individual, something that stresses out one individual may excite another individual so there is a large variation.

A little bit of stress, known as “acute stress,” can be exciting—it keeps us active and alert. But long-term, or “chronic stress,” can have detrimental effects on health. You may not be able to control the stressors in your world, but you can alter your reaction to them.