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We have all experienced stress, and we all probably believe we know exactly what it is. Unfortunately, this does not make it any easier for us to define. Perhaps one way to look at stress would be in terms of the way your system responds to a situation that you find to be stressful.

If severe enough, such a situation is likely to trigger in you a fight-or-flight reaction. Stress hormones get pumped into your system, causing your heart to pound in your chest and your breathing to quicken. One of nature’s great survival mechanisms will then have kicked in, resulting in your body gearing itself up for a burst of energy that could potentially save your life. read more ...


is it stressful or just exciting?

It is interesting that the selfsame physical sensations you associate with stress, may also accompany more enjoyable states of excitement. For instance, they may be brought on by the anticipation of a first romantic date or the thrill of a funfair ride. Indeed, you may even be among those that actively seek out excitement for the sake of an adrenalin rush.

Still, it is those feelings of fear, panic or anxiety that are most likely to cause your heart to pound, your breathing to become quicker and shallower and a knot to develop in your chest or stomach – all signs that your inherent fight-or-fight mechanism has been triggered. Although this is a natural response, it is one that is not always proportional to the situation that might have set it off it. read more ...


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If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it.

George Burns

US actor & comedian (1896 - 1996)