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Is a natural response to the demands and pressures we experience in daily life. It is a physiological and psychological reaction that occurs when we perceive a situation as challenging, threatening, or overwhelming. Stress can be triggered by various factors, such as work-related responsibilities, financial pressures, relationship difficulties, health concerns, or major life changes.

When we encounter a stressor, our body goes through a series of physiological changes known as the stress response, or “fight-or-flight” response. This response is an evolutionary mechanism designed to help us cope with perceived threats. It involves the release of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, which increase heart rate, blood pressure, and the availability of energy for immediate action.

While stress in small doses can be beneficial and help us perform better under pressure, chronic or excessive stress can have negative effects on our physical and mental well-being. Prolonged exposure to stress can lead to a range of symptoms and health problems.  Managing stress is an ongoing process, and finding strategies that work best for you may require some trial and error. By prioritizing self-care, adopting healthy coping mechanisms, and seeking support when needed, individuals can effectively manage stress and promote their overall well-being.

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