Stress is felt when people are under too much mental or emotional pressure. Feelings of stress can manifest in physiological and psychological symptoms and affect how you think, behave, sleep and your body’s metabolism. People can experience headaches or muscle pain or have feelings of low self esteem and be irritable. The physiological symptoms of stress are caused by an increase in stress hormones normally involved in the flight-or-flight response. These hormone levels would normally subside once the perceived stress has passed but for people who are under stress often, these hormones remain in the body and can affect our body in many ways.
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