Important for our survival, stress kicks in when we need that extra boost of energy and motivation to perform under pressure. Whether we’re running from a dangerous situation or need to stay awake to meet an looming deadline, the body’s autonomic nervous systems signal changes in our heart rate, breathing patterns, vision and more. This is commonly referred to as the “fight-or-flight response.”
While some stress is necessary for survival, it also can be harmful when it lasts for prolonged periods of time. Learn about steps everyone can take to reduce their stress—before it gets to the point of disrupting daily life.