The word stress is usually used to describe the feelings that people experience when the demands made on them are greater than their ability to cope. During these times people can often feel overloaded, under tremendous pressure and very tense or emotional. Stress affects everyone, young and old and is a completely normal reaction that all human beings will experience from time to time when faced with situations that they feel under pressure in.
Stress can be looked at in terms of external and internal stressors. Internal stressors are the sources of stress that are inside us and are often the most common sources of stress. They are the thoughts and feelings experiences and cause uneasiness, these can include unrealistic expectations, uncertainties, low self esteem and apprehensions. External stressors are sources of stress that we are aware of around us, these can include traumas, life experiences or simply daily hassles.