What is stress?
'The human response to any demand of life, to anything that causes readjustment.' - Bans Selye
'A non-specific physiological and psychological chain of events that are triggered by an external disruption of one's equilibrium or homeostasis.' - John Adams
Types of stress
You may think that all stress is bad and that any amount of stress causes mental and physical health problems. In fact, we need a certain amount of stress to work efficiently; too low a stress level can lead to lethargy and a lack of attention — which in itself could be dangerous. So, stress can be both positive and negative:
|Positive||Like preparing for battle|
Stress only becomes negative when too high a level of stress is sustained over long periods. For some people stress becomes negative at a lower level and others have a high tolerance to stress; we all have our own optimum stress level. The following discussion will be examining the effects of negative stress.Next >