What is stress? When we talk about stress, we actually mean stress reactions. These can be viewed on four levels. On the one hand, we react on the motor level. Our muscles tense up as our bodies need to be prepared for flight or fight. On the physiological level, our nervous system is stimulated and as a result, many processes such as hormone release or the provision of energy are set in motion.
We also react on an emotional level. We feel fear, anger, and sometimes even joy as a result of a stressor. Another level is the cognitive one. We become more aware of our stressor and have thoughts that revolve around the stressor.…Continue reading