Stress is natural. It’s the release of chemicals into your blood to give you more energy and great strength. Stress can be a good thing when you are threatened with physical danger but it can be a bad for you when it’s simply a response to something emotional and you have no outlet for it.

Short Term Stress


  1. Making your heartbeat and breath faster
  2. Making you sweat more
  3. Leaving you with cold hands, feet, or skin
  4. Making you feel sick to your stomach or giving you ‘butterflies’
  5. Tightening your muscles or making you feel tense
  6. Leaving your mouth dry
  7. Making you have to go to the bathroom frequently
  8. Increasing muscle spasms, headaches, fatigue, and shortness of breath

Long Term Stress


  1. Changing your appetite (making you eat either less or more)
  2. Changing your sleep habits (either causing you to sleep too much or not letting you sleep enough)
  3. Encouraging ‘nervous’ behaviour such as twitching, fiddling, talking too much, nail biting, teeth grinding, pacing, and other repetitive habits
  4. Causing you to catch colds or the flu more often and causing other illnesses such as asthma, headaches, stomach problems, skin problems, and other aches and pains
  5. Making you feel constantly tired and worn out
  6. Long-term stress can also have serious effects on your mental health and behaviour. If you are under stress for long periods of time, you may find that you have difficulty thinking clearly, dealing with problems, or even handling day-to-day situations as simple as shaving, picking up clothes or arriving somewhere on time.
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