Coping with Stress

Lesson 1 - Stress vs Distress

What is stress?

It may come as a surprise to know that stress is a necessary and
important ingredient to life. Not all stress is harmful.

We call the things that cause stress – although different in origin
and intensity – stressors. Stressors include basic feelings such as
hunger, thirst, and tiredness. Without these feelings we would not
go looking for food, drink and rest, which help to keep our bodies
alive, fit and well. Stress also includes the heart-rending emotional
strains of bereavement or divorce and other long-term problems,
giving rise to anxieties. Stress provides the stimuli to physical,
mental, social and spiritual growth as the various needs are met.
These are areas of life that need to be developed.