Stress is the body’s response to any demand placed upon it. Stress is a natural response and has benefits, but too much stress can have negative impacts on your mental and physical health.
You can think about it like a properly tuned violin – you need enough tension in your violin strings to make music, but not so much that the strings snap.
Signs of Excessive Stress
You may notice some of the following symptoms or signs of excessive stress:
feeling anxious, irritable, forgetful, impulsive, overwhelmed, exhausted
headaches, increased heart rate, perspiration, upset stomach, muscle tension
changes in sleeping or eating patterns, arguing, withdrawal from friends, binge gaming/television
Causes of Stress
Many things in life can cause stress. For instance, stressors can be:
roommate conflicts, family demands, work responsibilities
death of a loved one, moving, break-ups, divorce of parents
bills, unplanned expenses, tuition
thoughts, beliefs, worries, changes in mood
illness, injury, sleep disturbances, poor nutrition, environmental factors/conditions
lack of sleep, lack of exercise, poor time management, use of alcohol, tobacco or other drugs
rules, educational requirements, role expectations
You've learned what stress is and what causes it. Next, explore how your reactions to events in life affect stress levels.