Pro Tip — This Article May Lead To You Feeling Less Stressed
“I have SO much to do and NO time to do it!”
“How can I take a break? Taking a break is not on my to-do list!”
“I’m so tired, grumpy, impatient, and I just want to be left alone!”
If this describes how you are feeling, you may be experiencing stress. A very broad concept, stress affects each of us in different ways depending on what’s going on in our lives. Many of us identify feeling stressed and it can begin to feel like a daily part of our lives. However, when is stress healthy and when can it become a problem?
So What Is STRESS?
Essentially, stress is your body’s way of responding to life’s demands- the good, bad, and everything in-between. When we feel stressed by something, our bodies release chemicals into our blood. These chemicals provide us with more energy and strength. This can be helpful when we are in physical danger as our bodies go into “fight or flight” mode.
Like a smoke alarm, fight-or-flight has evolved to keep us aware and safe from dangerous situations. Similar to the smoke alarm that alerts us to when there is a potential fire, fight-or-flight internally alarms us to redirect our energy and attention towards imminent threats around us. Sometimes smoke alarms can be quite sensitive and are activated simply by a piece of toast without the real and present threat of a fire. Similarly, our bodies’ fight or flight system can be activated by exhaustion, complex emotions, burnout, or schoolwork.