Human Relations: Defining stress and types of stress



Stress means different things to different people.
Stress and the types of things that cause stress can vary from person to person.
Today, we generally say that stress is the body’s way of responding to a demand.
Acute stress is stress we experience on a day-to-day basis – e.g., the stress of getting our to-do list finished or the stress of unplanned setbacks.
When a person rarely gets relief from stress, this is called episodic acute stress.
Chronic stress is characterized as long-term stress, where there is little hope for relief. These are long-term situations where the person has given up trying to find a solution.
Not all stress is bad; some stress can help us to perform at a higher level and challenge us. This is called eustress.

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