What is stress?
Who doesn’t get stressed every now and then? Between work worries (“My deadline is when?!”) and personal pressures (“Whose turn is it to pick up the kids?”), it may feel like you’re always on the brink of being totally overwhelmed. The key is knowing when it’s happening — and being proactive about putting an end to it.Luckily, there are a lot of ways to keep those stressors in check. In honor of Stress Awareness Day, we rounded up 100 expert and research-backed ways to relax, whether you have five minutes, five hours or five weeks. So long, stress!
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight-or-freeze” reaction, or the stress response.
Modern life is full of hassles, deadlines, frustrations, and demands. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. According to an interesting recent article in Huffpost, there are several simple ways to manage stress effectively. Here is the summary of the article: