Stress is the excitable state which is a direct result of a stressful, fearful or uneasy situation. Such peak situations might include a job interview, an exam, a driver’s test, speaking in front of a crowd, performing for an audience, going on a first date.

Some stress is quite normal

You might be afraid to embarras yourself, or to be rejected or to fail in front of your friends. Some stress is quite normal and even useful sometimes. Your body responds by starting to make the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, because your body thinks you are in danger. You heart rate rises, you start breathing faster, you get more energy... all to help you stay focused and alert. Chronic stress however can have negative effects on your body or mind. The increased levels of both stress hormones can contribute to several physical problems, such as your digestive system, blood pressure, immune system, hairloss, eating disorders and sexual dysfunction. Chronic stress can even increase the risk of a stroke or a heart attack.