SUPPORT: What is Stress?

By our partners at Way to Wellbeing

What is stress? Where does it come from and how can we manage it day to day so it doesn’t impact our wellbeing?

So, what is stress?

According Oxford Languages the definition of stress is:

“A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.”

Delving deeper into the causes of stress, according to medlineplus.gov, there are two types of stress; Acute and Chronic.

Acute stress: “is short-term stress that goes away quickly. You feel it when you slam on the brakes, have a fight with your partner, or ski down a steep slope. It helps you manage dangerous situations. It also occurs when you do something new or exciting. All people have acute stress at one time or another.”

Chronic stress: “is stress that lasts for a longer period of time. You may have chronic stress if you have money problems, an unhappy marriage, or trouble at work. Any type of stress that goes on for weeks or months is chronic stress. You can become so used to chronic stress that you don’t realise it is a problem. If you don’t find ways to manage stress, it may lead to health problems.”

We all have demands on our time and our emotions. Our working lives, our personal and family lives and the wider world at large all put mental strain on us at times but it is how we manage that stress and tension that is important. Read more…