The word stress is derived from the Latin word strictus, meaning "to draw tight". Stress is your body's response to people and events in your life; it is the mental and physical wear and tear on your body as a result of everyday life and all that you have to accomplish. Stress is inevitable, and it is not in and of itself bad. It is your response to stress that determines whether it is good stress (eustress) or bad stress (distress). Provided it doesn't persist for too long, positive stress improves productivity. Negative stress, on the other hand, can affect you both physically and mentally.
Good stress can help you become more motivated and even more productive; it can also boost your energy levels. It is only when stress gets out of hand that your body becomes distressed. Some physical signs of stress are:
Muscular tension and pain
Abdominal pain and diarrhea
Heartburn and indigestion
If you begin to experience any of these stress symptoms for an extended period of time, your body and mind are probably suffering from undue stress, anxiety, and pressure. This can lead to a very unhealthy situation; you may even require medial attention for hypertension. So, don't wait, the time to minimize your stress is NOW!