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What is Stress?
We all deal with stressful events in our lives. These occurrences may be short-lived, such as fighting traffic or preparing dinner; and they may affect us for long periods of time, as with the loss of a spouse or a debilitating injury.
Stress is what we experience when we face physical, mental, and emotional pressure. Whether these pressures are real or imagined, stress comes as our bodies and brains cope with the perceived obstacle that life has thrown in our path.
Regardless of each stressful experience, we all manage stress differently. A stressful event that greatly affects one person may have little bearing on another. Some people even gain motivation from the short-term stress associated with job interviews, exams, etc.