What Exactly Is Stress?
According to the Oxford Dictionary, stress means pressure or tension.
Stress, according to the late Dr. Hans Selye, an early guru on stress, is the non-specific response of the body to any demand made upon it.
“It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”
Stress is the body’s physical, mental or chemical reaction when we get excited or confused or we otherwise feel unsafe or threatened. Stress is the outcome of you and I reacting. If daily demands are easy and well-balanced, we’re fine. It’s when we decide the pressure is unreasonable or the situation is upsetting, that the potential for damage occurs. That’s when we’ll say we’re feeling stressed.
Stress reactions begin in our minds
Nobody else can actually give you stress, you have to react to something and allow yourself to become stressed. It takes awhile to get used to the idea that being stressed-out is in fact a choice. That indeed, after your first spontaneous reaction, you can accept the stress reactions and feel overwrought or, you can practice stress management and become calm.
Generally, what happens in your body when you are stressed?
Over and above the basic functions of day-to-day living - biochemical chain reactions or “stress” reactions could be labelled as bad when the body over-reacts to demands made on it. It means you experience certain acute physical symptoms when you are presented with things that trigger a state of alert in your system. Your body goes into the “high gear mode.” This means your heart beats faster, your breathing rate increases, you sweat more, your muscles tense, and various chemical reactions take place in your brain.