Stress is a normal physical response to event that
make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense
danger whether real or imagined, the body defences kick into high gear in a rapid
automatic process known as the fight or flight or freeze reaction or the stress
response. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working
properly, it helps you stay focussed, energetic and alert. In emergency
situation, stress can save your life giving you extra strength to defend
yourself, for example, spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what helps
you to get on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpened your
concentration when you are attempting the game, winning a free throw or drives
you to study for an exam when you would rather be watching TV.

In the 1930s, Dr. Hans Seiye defined stress as a
perturbation (agitation) of the body’s homeostasis. This demand on mind-body
occurs when it tries to cope with incessant changes in life. He also went
further to say that that stress is an abstract and non specific response of the
body to any demand.
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