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Stress is a force that tends to distord a body, a force that iduces bodily and mental tension. It can have a positive and a negative influence on us. As a positive influence, stress can help compel us to action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence, it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. In our life of everyday, stress will be there to help us or to block us in our daily activities.

Stress is part of our life, as we have seen, positive stress can give excitement to our life so our goal is not to eliminate it, but to how learn menage it and how to use it to help us.

Too much of stress can be bad for us, and insufficient stress can leave us bored which is not good either. Therefore, we need to find the level of stress that will motivate us to do our daily activities.

There are two kind of stress: short term stress and long term stress.

Short term stress occurs where you find yourself under pressure in a particular situation "žh A certain level of short term stress is needed to feel alert and alive "žh Too much is unpleasant and can seriously damage performance "žh Short term stress is best handled using mental or physical stress management techniques Long term stress comes from a build up of stress over a long period "žh Sustained high levels can lead to serious physical and mental illness if not controlled "žh Long term stress is best managed by changes to lifestyle, attitude and environment By using...