Stress is a feeling of unpleasant tension and can be experienced physically, emotionally, or as a diffuse sense of alertness or irritability. Stress is usually a reaction to something we have control over or different aspects of our lives that we could potentially manage better. People often confuse stress with anxiety, but they aren’t the same thing.
Like most aspects of mental health, our stress levels and how we manage them are dependent on various factors: genetic, cultural, physical, psychological, and environmental. The same stressor can cause different people to react in different ways depending on who they are, their personal history, what they’re going through, and the coping skills and support systems they have in place.