It is a reaction to pressure or other types of demands placed on us.
We can cope well with short-term exposure to pressure – in fact this can be positive and helpful – but exposure to prolonged stress can be damaging.
Stress is not a disease, but it can reduce our ability to study effectively and it can have a negative impact on our wellbeing.
What is Stress?
Stress is normal. It can be either helpful or unhelpful.
For example stress can be helpful when sitting an exam, running a race, being attacked.
It is a natural adaptive response. Our body reacts automatically to prepare us for action. Known as the fight or flight response, adrenalin is pumped into our bloodstreams which triggers energetic, quick, acute reactions.
What are the Mechanisms Involved in Stress?
The mechanisms responsible for stress are
The “fight or flight” system.
Our responses (the way we think about, interpret and respond to stressful situations).
The Fight & Flight Response
There are only a few situations in modern life when this system is useful (e.g. assault, accident etc).
It helps us to survive immediate danger, but it can also have negative consequences.
The Mechanisms Involved In Stress…
The Fight or Flight Response Continued….
It can cause increased heart rate
It can cause ruminating thoughts & can make it difficult to make decisions.
We can become more accident prone.
It can reduce our ability to study effectively or think clearly.