Stress is a heightened state of physical, mental and physiological reactions which occur in response to a potentially dangerous situation. When facing sudden stress, chemicals and hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol are released from the brain. This causes your heart to beat faster, sending blood to your muscles and important organs to ensure your body can cope with the immediate need.
Stress is not always bad; even positive life changes such as getting married, a job promotion, buying a house or the birth of a child can produce stress. Undeniably, a healthy dose of stress keeps us motivated and able to progress further. However, a large amount of stress, if not handled correctly, can lead to the development of multiple health disorders.