What is stress?

Stress is a form of tension. To perform optimally, we need a certain level of tension and therefore short-term stress. For example, when taking an exam. After a while this tension disappears and the body returns to a state of rest.

When it is subjected to long-term stress, the body loses the balance between bearing capacity and load and stress complaints appear. These complaints can express themselves physically, psychologically or behaviourally. If nothing is done to combat this over a prolonged period, the signals can lead to chronic complaints: overstrain, burn-out or bore-out, chronic tiredness, anxiety disorders and depression. Stress has a lot of negative associations, however a bodies stress mechanism is very functional.

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