Stress can be seen as pressure, whether this is placed upon you by others or by yourself – when you find it difficult to deal with this pressure, you can feel stressed. Stress levels and effects vary from person to person; left too long, it can lead to an illness.
Stress is a reaction to a threatening situation which is known as the fight or flight response. The fight response is when your body gives you a sudden burst of energy, to allow you to fight for your life; whereas the flight response is your body’s encouragement to flee from the danger and protect yourself. Although you will rarely tend to be in life threatening situations, your brain is still hardwired the same way; you may react the same when you’re under pressure.
When you’re under pressure there’s no option to fight or flight, thus the chemicals in your system build up and can cause damage to your immune system. Left un-dealt with this build up can lead to depression, anxiety and other issues. It’s important to arrange therapy if you feel that your feelings are starting to have a negative impact on your day to day life.