In everyday terms, stress is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands. Stress can affect people of all ages, genders and circumstances.
Some stress can be beneficial at times, producing a boost that provides the motivation, drive and energy to help people get through situations like exams or work deadlines15. However, an extreme and prolonged amount of stress can have health consequences and adversely affect the immune, cardiovascular, neuroendocrine and central nervous systems16.
Modern life can be busy and often stressful. Left unmanaged, this can influence health and well-being affecting mind and body.