Stress is an adaptive part of our nature, and offers motivation to perform.
In many instances, stress is necessary and, to a certain extent, tolerable.
However, stress becomes negative when it begins impacting on our day-to-day functioning and when we begin to be unable to cope with the stressors of our current day-to-day in a healthy way. It is here, when someone may suffer from stress-related chronic illnesses.
Constant stress over a long period can even cause serious physical illnesses like heart disease, obesity, and suppression of the immune system. Chronic stress can also contribute to the risk of developing depression.
Stress, in psychological terms, refers to a condition that can be described by the following symptoms:
- feeling of strain and pressure,
- feelings of being overwhelmed,
- overall irritability,
- feelings of insecurity,
- social withdrawal,
- loss of appetite,
- panic attacks,