Thoughts racing? Heart rate going up? When faced with danger, your body’s natural reaction is to give you a rush of adrenaline (often called the ‘fight or flight’ response). This feeling of stress is perfectly normal and might happen ahead of an important exam or meeting or after an argument with someone, for example.
As the NHS website says, “Most people feel stressed sometimes and some people find stress helpful or even motivating. But, if stress is affecting your life, there are things you can try that might help.”
If you experience acute (sudden) or chronic (long-term) stress, you might find that you get back pain, stomach upsets, heart palpitations and other physical symptoms. You might also feel tired, irritable, have difficulty relaxing or be unable to concentrate.
Good Thinking offers content to help lower your stress, including NHS-approved apps, articles, podcasts and worksheets. Our self-assessment tool is also a useful way to understand your stress better.