Doing What Matters in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide

Stress is the experience of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with mental or emotional pressure caused by outside events. Factors that may cause stress are varied and can include health issues, relationship problems, difficulties at work, financial issues, and events happening in the country or around the world (like the coronavirus pandemic).

Everyone feels stress at times. The body is designed to experience stress and to react to it. When you’re stressed, your body reacts to the new situation, which helps to keep you alert to new challenges or potential dangers.

However, when you experience ongoing stress without any relief, it can become a serious problem that can affect your physical and mental health. When experiencing stress, the body reacts by producing stress hormones, like epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol, that spur the fight-or-flight response and influence the immune system.
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