Stress is anything that creates an emotional burden. Even if you are unaware that this stress is occurring.
Stress isn’t just the last straw that takes you over the edge between what you can handle and what you cannot - although this is a common misconception. Every little detail that burdens you, long before you get to your breaking point, is stress.
Stress is a part of a normal human experience. Everyone experiences stress. Some people are able to hide it better than others.
Anything in your life that takes up space in your thoughts or emotions and requires work or effort to maintain is stress. This can include things like:
Some common symptoms of high levels of stress include:
Everyone reacts to stress differently. What works to reduce one person’s stress might not work the same for someone else.
Options for reducing your stress level include:
If you are feeling overly stressed it is important to communicate with your physician.