When your body feels threatened it goes into fight-or-flight mode - also known as stress.
There are different types of stress and it can help to know the difference, writes CHARLOTTE FOX for The Courier's youth platform SHOUT.
Stress is known to affect you more mentally rather than physically, but it can affect you more physically than you might think.
Now, I know what you're thinking: "it can't be that bad".
Oh, but it can. Stress can give you terrible migraines, which isn't long-term but still isn't pleasant. Another symptom that can be long-term is heart palpitations, which can become really serious and even be fatal.
Stress is a mental condition. It could possibly affect you when you overthink, which can lead to the physical stress and behavioural or social stress, which can lead to further issues.
Mental stress, in a way, carries the rest of the categories because it has stages. The first stage would be mental, then the next stage would be behavioural and it could possibly move to a further stage depending on the degree of how much it develops.
The impact of stress is different for different people, as people handle and cope with things differently.
Some people can become more distant and more anxious in seemingly normal situations. And some people have a short temper and get aggressive or angry at things that aren't usually a big deal.
You, your mum or your dad - even your grandma - can feel stressed.
It could even be in an interview and people ask you a series of questions and you could feel stressed and anxious at this situation.
WAYS TO HELP STRESS
Stress is very normal. When I feel stressed I find ways for me to think about something else. Going for a walk is one way to take your mind someplace else, or even listening to music.
I hope whoever may be reading this is more aware of stress and has a greater understanding of how to manage it.
If stress is bothering you, you can call a place like Headspace Ballarat on 5304 4777.
Extra tips and details about stress for this article were found on the Victorian government's Better Health Channel.
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