Stress is mental or emotional pressure. It is what you feel when you are unable to cope with the demands made on your time, you feel that you have too much on your mind or when you are in a situation that you have no control over. Some of the most stressful events that a person can face in life include the death of someone close to them, moving home, getting married or divorced, having a baby or the diagnosis of a serious illness for the person themself or a close family member. Circumstances can also cause major stress for example financial difficulties, difficulties at work or relationship troubles.

Everyone is different and copes differently, some people cope with certain situations better than others. Stress causes an increased amount of hormones in your body, these hormones do not level out until stress levels drop. It is these increased hormones that give the symptoms of stress. When you are stressed you can react differently than you usually would even in normal situations. You can be unreasonable, irritable and lose your temper quite easily even over trivial matters. You can also suffer from headaches, muscle tension, pain, sleeping problems, loss of appetite and difficulty in concentrating.

Stress can lead to many disorders including depression and anxiety. It can also lead to alcohol and substance abuse.