3 types of Stress and health hazards
Stress is a feeling that people have when they are struggling to cope with challenges related to finances, work, relationships, environment, and other situations. Moreover, stress is felt when an individual perceives a real or imagined challenge or threat to a their well-being. People often use the word stress interchangeably with anxiety, feeling anxious, fearful, nervous, overwhelmed, panic, or stressed-out. Stress is the body’s natural defense against real or imagined danger. It flushes the body with hormones to prepare systems to evade or confront danger. This is known as the “fight-or-flight or freeze” response. The body is an intelligent operating system, but the body can not determine the difference between life threatening external threat from imagined or perceived non-life threatening stressors. According to American Psychological Association (APA), there are 3 different types stress — acute stress, episodic acute stress, and chronic stress. Acute stress is usually brief.
Related: Stressing it out: Workplace edition
• Effects and coping with stress in working adults
• What is stress? And how teenagers and working adults can manage stress.
• Stress Working Adults face and how to cope with it