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What is Stress? And How to cope with it

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AS and A Level Physiological Psychology

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What is Stress? And How to cope with it

Stress is a type of alarm reaction, involving heightened mental and bodily states - it is both a psychological and a physiological response to the environment. Your brain produces a stress reaction when you are in a situation that is physically or mentally demanding.

Stress is normal. Some stress is good for you - it keeps you alert and protects you in times of danger or when you need to act or think quickly. Physical training to keep fit places stress on your body, but that stress has a beneficial effect.

Feeling stressed about exams is normal - it may help you to focus your energy into revising well. Prolonged and unwanted stress, however, may lead to mental and physical health problems. When psychologists talk about 'stress' they may refer to the causes of stress reactions ('stressors') or to the effects of stress reactions on our physical and mental functioning. Psychologists are interested in causes of stress, ways in which stress affects us and stress management.

Stress and illness

Research has shown strong links between prolonged stress and many disorders, mentally and physically. The

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