What is Stress?

Stress is our body’s response to pressure. When we encounter stress, our body produces stress hormones that trigger a fight or flight response which helps us respond quickly to dangerous situations. Stress is a feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with the event, situation, emotion or life happening. Stress is our body’s response to pressure, different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected or that threatens our sense of self, or when we feel we have little control over a situation.

We all deal with stress differently. Our ability to cope can depend on our genetics, early life events, personality and social and economic circumstances. Stress is not always negative, a certain amount of stress is great for getting through times of fear, panic or anxiety. The hormones created when stressed push us through these boundaries. But too much stress can cause negative effects. We can be in a permanent stage of fight or flight, feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. Long term this affects our physical and mental health.

What causes stress?


  • Kids
  • Work
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Going out
  • Staying in
  • Money/finances

It is different for everyone and is fairly widespread. It is key to reflect, maybe keep a journal and try to pinpoint what it is that is causing your stress.

What is positive Stress?

Some stress can make you more productive, excited, give you energy, make you more driven etc this is usually linked to a promotion, wedding, event that is an obvious cause and is short-lived, passes once the event is over.

What is toxic Stress?

When things get too much, when you are not coping, not sleeping, not eating for a sustained period. Or sudden stress, although if this is passing quickly it can be ok – for example, late for work and stuck in traffic. If this is happening all of the time a look at the causes and reactions might be a good idea.

Coping strategies for Stress:

  • Breathing techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Hypnotherapy audios
  • Yoga
  • Exercise
  • Walking
  • Being in nature
  • Journaling

These are just a few, if you would like to look at more techniques to help you combat stress go to www.melp-app.com and start your free trial. There is specific section in here all focused on Stress!