Stress is the body’s physical response to a real or perceived threat, demand, or danger.
When you feel threatened, your body releases stress hormones which prepare the body to respond. This is called the “fight or flight” response.
Stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline, make your:
Sometimes a pressurised situation triggers a stress response. The situation may not actually put you in danger. But your body may react as if it does.
A stress response can be helpful in some situations. It can increase your performance. But sometimes it can be detrimental to your mental health.
Recognising the different types of stress — and how your body responds to them — can help you get help with stress when you need it.
There are three main types of stress. These are acute, episodic acute, and chronic stress. We explore each type of stress below:
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