Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened. This automatic ‘fight or flight’ response prepares you to fight a predator or run away quickly. It’s the body’s way of keeping you safe.
The stress response also plays a positive role by helping you stay focused, energetic and alert. It can be exciting in small doses but too much is exhausting.
When Stress Becomes Overwhelming
Perhaps you’re always in a rush but always late, take on too much and feel overwhelmed by life’s pressures and demands. You might feel that you’ve got a lot of nervous energy.
You may have become used to feeling stressed until one day you felt totally overwhelmed.
There are two types of stress factors: