Your Complete Guide to Understanding and Coping With Stress

Medically Reviewed by Carolin Schneider, MD

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Stress is a normal biological and psychological response to events that threaten your body or mind. The threatening "danger" varies for each individual; it can range from a negative remark from another person to a looming deadline for a project to a move to an unfamiliar city. In these cases, your body switches into “fight-or-flight mode” — which is also commonly referred to as "survival mode” — to prepare you to tackle the issue at hand. In response to stress, your body secretes appropriate hormones to deal with the increased stress level. However, if your stress becomes chronic, it may be harmful to your body and mind.