Stress is a normal part of life. The body's stress responses are your first line of defense in life-threatening situations, and many of the effects of stress—such as increased alertness, resiliency, and adaptation—are positive and have allowed our species to survive and evolve over time. However, prolonged stress is another story.
Persistent reactions to stress can lead to:
- Health conditions such as high blood pressure
- Suppression of the immune system
- Negative impact on school or work performance
Understanding how to identify and control your reactions to stress can lessen its negative impact. Learning to be aware of and control your stress responses takes intention, awareness, and practice over time.