Stress may be defined as the body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When we sense danger, whether it’s real or imagined, the body's defence kicks into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction or the ‘stress response’.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting oneself. When working properly, it helps us stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save our life, giving us extra strength to defend ourselves.
Stress is the body's natural defence against predators and danger. It flushes the body with hormones to prepare systems to evade or confront danger. This is known as the ‘fight-or-flight’ mechanism.
Stress can also help us rise to meet challenges, but beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to health, mood, productivity and our quality of life.
Stress can be explained with the help of the following equation:
Stress = f(eo-ao) x i
Let us assume that a student has got 90 percent marks in an exam, what will be the reaction of the student? Your answer will obviously be, it depends, maybe on the expectation of the student. Similarly, assume that we are travelling to airport and the time taken for your journey is 60 minutes, what will be your reaction? The answer may again be, that it will depend on expected time, we had assumed. The third situation, suppose we go to your boss, and we get an appreciation letter from your boss, what will be your reaction? The answer may be happy, but this also may be analysed from the expectation point of view and the expectation may be appreciation plus bonus.