Stress is a natural and sometimes healthy aspect of living. There is good stress and there is bad stress. Under the right circumstances, stress can fire you up for that important presentation or motivate you to act quickly and go beyond your normal limits in critical conditions. When stress becomes habitual, it can lead to early aging, accidents, disease and depression.
Stress is a mental and physical phenomenon. In all cases, the physical responses are identical. The triggering of the “fight or flight response” is at the root of all types of stress. But the experiences of stress are quite different. While occasional bursts of acute stress may be inconsequential, frequent episodes of acute stress, or episodic stress, can be as damaging as chronic stress.