What is Stress?

If someone is stressed you can guarantee there will always fear behind it and stress will come from a situation where that person feels angry, anxious and or frustrated. Some of the symptoms to look out for are depression, acute anxiety, states of confusion, lack of concentration, poor time management and learning skills, insomnia and sexual dysfunctions.

However not all stress is bad, believe it or not without stress we would cease to exist. Stress is what gives us the drive to work, to be fed, clothed and to have a roof over our heads. Essentially stress is what motivates us.


Eustress is a short term stress that commonly occurs when we are physically active, it is typically there to help us increases performance and motivation.

If only levels of stress could end here but sadly thing can go wrong, we have simply evolved into a modern day world where survival is somewhat easier than our caveman relatives.


Hypostress is where there would appear to be a lake of stress to the point where there is a lack of challenge and or motivations. People are likely to suffer with this when they are bored, maybe of a relationship or due to working in a mundane tedious job. Complications of such could see people become unmotivated in other areas of their lives too.


Acute Stress is the type of stress that most people associate stress as being. It is when we are suffering with acute stress we tend to be tense and have physical disturbances such as,

  • Emotional distress, anger, anxiety or depression. even a combination of all three stats a possible
  • Muscular problems such as headache, back pain and muscular tensions that lead to tendon and ligament problems.
  • Stomach, gut and bowel problems such as heartburn, acid stomach, flatulence, diarrhoea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Transient over arousal leads to elevation in blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, sweaty palms, heart palpitations, dizziness, migraine headaches, cold hands or feet, shortness of breath and chest pain.

Acute stress can crop up in anyone’s life, and it is highly treatable and manageable. It is the stress that is present for short term periods and associated with pressure from the near past or worries about the near future.


Episodic Acute Stress on the other hand is not as straightforward as it is more damaging, and in some cases would need to be treated alongside medical intervention. Associated symptoms of Episodic Acute Stress are hypertension, migraines, stroke, heart attack and gastrointestinal disorders.