We all experience stress in our lives. From the moment we are born, we are biologically wired to respond to threats or challenges in our environment in order to protect ourselves. Stress is a normal physiological, biological or psychological reaction activated in an organism in response to an environmental condition. In human beings, stress manifests when our bodies react to a threat (either real or perceived) or a challenge. While stress can be a healthy motivator, prolonged or chronic stress can impact our quality of life and even lead to chronic health issues such as heart disease and or mental illness. The following videos, fact sheets and worksheets are designed to give you some insight into your stressors and provide you with some tools for managing your stress.
Stress can never be completely avoided. Stress is often viewed negatively, whereas it can act as a positive motivator. This kind of stress keeps up motivated towards achieving goals and tasks. A positive kind of stress known as eustress, occurs when we are presented with fun challenges. Exciting as well as scary events produce chemicals in the body. Stress, if not managed can grow to become crippling and impede our functioning.
You can explore further information regarding the different level’s of stress by exploring the following links: