By: James Paque

Stress is a normal physical response to events that may make you feel threatened or upset. When you perceive a threat your body responds by releasing stress hormones. These hormones rouse the body and ready it for emergency action. While stress can be good as it may help boost your adrenaline and get you out of a sticky situation it can also be bad.

When your body is constantly in emergency mode it begins to take a toll on your mind and body. To much stress can lead to severe problems such as depression, memory problems, poor judgement, feeling overwhelmed, using alcohol or drugs to relax, sleeping too much or too little, etc.

This is why it is important to know just how much stress your body can take and to know your limits. The amount of stress one can take is different from everyone else and factors such as quality of relationships, your general outlook on life, your emotional intelligence, and genetics all play a part in one's tolerance.

Situations and pressures that cause stress are known as stressors and we usually think of them as being negative. Exhausting work or a bad relationship are good examples of stressors but getting married or going to college can also cause stress even though they are good things. In truth anything that puts high demands on the body or forces you to adjust can be stressful.

Common external stressors include major life changes, work or school, relationship problems, financial problems, being to busy, and children or family. Common internal stressors include chronic worry, pessimism, negative self-talk, unrealistic expectations, rigid thinking, and all-or-nothing attitude.

When Your Stressed Just Chill Out

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