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Stress is your body’s way of responding to difficult or demanding situations or threats. If the body senses danger, its defences work in an automatic process which is often referred to as the fight or flight reaction or known as the stress response. The stress response is not just a bad thing but can be considered a good thing as it helps you to stay focused and alert in emergency situations and helps you to defend yourself. The situations that cause the stress are referred to as stressors. Stressors can be external or internal. The external stressors are the things that happen around you or in your life that cause you to be stressed, such as, major life changes (getting married, having a baby etc.), work or school problems, financial problems (one of the most common causes of stress), being too busy and having no time to yourself and children and family (the general day-to-day duties of being parents). Internal stress is stress that is normally self-inflicted, eg. Setting unrealistic expectations, pessimism, low self-esteem and negative self-talk.


There are a lot of symptoms that surround stress, emotional, physical and behavioural symptoms. Some of these symptoms include, depression and sadness, sleeping too much or insomnia, loneliness, constant worrying, memory problems and not able to concentrate, aches and pains as well as weakness, dizziness and nausea as well as many other symptoms.