Stress is a normal part of life and is something that we all experience. Stress involves having to respond to some kind of pressure. Dealing with new challenges can often trigger stress but most people get better at managing stress as they go through life.
It is helpful to think about stress as healthy or unhealthy.
Stress in small doses can actually be helpful. It can keep us motivated and focused, it can prompt us to take action, such as gathering more information, reaching out for support and assistance, or prioritising how we use our time.
Stress can become unhealthy when it interferes with our quality of life. No one enjoys experiencing unhealthy levels of stress. People experiencing unhealthy stress often feel overwhelmed. Managing our stress levels starts with being able to identify how stress affects us.