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Stress definition

  • Effort, demand upon physical or mental energy
    (Oxford Dictionary)
  • Worry and nervous tension
    (Collins Plain English Dictionary)
  • An imbalance between the demands placed on you (and those you place on yourself) on the one hand, and your ability to cope on the other
  • Having to adjust or adapt to any change
    (adapted from EPPIC)

Stress may be appropriate in some situations, for example in the face of physical danger, before competing in a race or prior to an exam.

Stressful events do not necessarily have to be negative ones. Many positive changes, for example making new friends or getting a job, can also be stressful. (EPPIC)

Other definitions

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