Stress is our body’s response to the demands that we have to meet. This could be an obstacle that pops up in our lives, challenges, added pressure, or just our day-to-day grind. Our response to that stress can manifest itself as physical, mental, or even emotional symptoms.
It’s important to note that stress is a normal part of our day-to-day lives and that everybody experiences stress to some extent. Not all stress is bad, but too much stress can have a very negative impact on our well-being. So when we start to notice that we’re overly stressed we’ll want to take a step back and look at some management practices.
Stress can be very helpful in some situations. For example, if you were to go mountain biking or rock climbing the stress that you experience in those situations is going to keep you alert, focused on the task at hand, and keep you safe. Also, if you’re given a tight deadline stress in that situation is going to keep you motivated and focused on the task at hand. You’ll hear a lot of people say that they feel they work better under pressure and it’s that little bit of stress that’s pushing them.