What is Stress?
“Stress is the inability to cope with a perceived or real threat to one’s mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing which results in a number of physiological responses and adaptations.”
— Seaward, Brian L. (1994). Managing Stress, Jones and Bartlett, London.
“Stress results from an imbalance between demands and resources.”
— Lazarus, R.S. and Folkman, S. (1984). Stress, Appraisal and Coping, New York: Springer.
“Stress occurs when pressure exceeds your perceived ability to cope.”
— Palmer, S. 1999.
Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life. However, too much stress or ignoring stress can cause both physical and mental health problems.
Types of Stress
Eustress: perceived as good stress, might be motivational or spiritual
Acute: comes up quickly, is intense and disappears quickly
Chronic Stress: stress that is a perceived threat which may not be as intense as an acute but is over a longer period of time
Seek help when necessary
If someone is under more stress than just dealing with a passing difficulty, it may be helpful to talk with a medical professional, spiritual advisor, counseling and mental health staff, or employee assistance professional.