It seems as if it is next to impossible not to be stressed in today’s world. With the state of the economy, plummeting valuation of our investment portfolios and job loss, most of us do not have to think too hard for a reason to be stressed. Stress is simply a fact of nature—forces from the outside world affecting the individual. Although we normally associate stress with negative events, stress comes from both the negative and the positive things that happen to us.
Stress becomes a problem when we are not sure how to handle an event or a situation. Then worry sets in, and we feel "stressed." Our reaction to stress can affect our mental and physical health; so it is important for us to learn how to deal effectively with stress as it occurs. When we find an event stressful, our bodies undergoes a series of changes, called the stress response. There are three stages to this response. First our bodies’ releases adrenaline, which makes our hearts beat faster, and we start to breathe more quickly. Then our bodies’ begins to release stored sugars and fats from its resources. At this stage, you will feel driven, pressured and tired. As a result, the body's need for energy will become greater than its ability to produce it, and we will become chronically stressed.