What Is Stress?

Stress is a normal mental and natural reaction to the ever expanding demands of life. In considering the origin of stress, recognize that your brain is connected with an anxiety system for your security. When your brain recognize a risk, it signals your body to discharge a burst of hormones to fuel your capacity for a return. This has been tagged the "fight-or-flight" response.

M.Nadeem PashaM Nadeem Pasha is presently working as a clinical psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. He completed his Masters Degree in Applied Psychology from University of Punjab, Lahore. He has acquired his clinical training from one of the honored institutes in Lahore including General Hospital, Mayo Hospital and Fountain House, during which time he conducted detailed assessment sessions with clients of different psychological disorders.

Editor:Hameed Batool

There are a lot of examples of stressors in our daily life. For instance, one has to face the stress in the public places, exams stress, speech stress, etc. Stress is everything that disturbs your normal functioning. We cannot eradicate bad stress from our lives, but we can learn to avoid and control it.  Here are some examples that we face in our daily life.

  • The death of a loved one
  • Increase in financial burden
  • Getting married
  • Shifting to a new home
  • Chronic ailment or disorder
  • Divorce
  • Loss of a job
  • Emotional problems like anxiety, grief, anger and depression.
  • Taking care of an elderly or sick family member
  • Awful event, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or cruelty against you or a loved one


Sometimes the stress arrives from inside, rather than outside. You can stress yourself out just by being concerned about things. All of these elements can lead to stress. Once the peril is gone, your body is meant to come back to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, the non-stop stress of modern life means that your panic system rarely closed off. That's why management of stress is so important. Stress management provides you a variety of tools to reset your alarm system.