All of us have experienced stress at some point of our lives. Stress is often a feeling of emotional or physical tension. Stress, in small doses, can often be a positive emotion as it helps us to prepare for dangerous or threatening situations or to meet an important deadline. 


However, being chronically stressed out will only decrease our productivity, performance and happiness in the long run. In addition, long-term stress can result in mental health problems, such as depression or anxiety, and can be associated with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, heart attacks and strokes, suppressed immune functioning, skin problems and diabetes. 

Everyone has different stressors in life. Common stressors can include: 

  • Work stress
  • Loss of a job
  • Death of a loved one
  • Divorce or a relationship break-up
  • New transitions in life such as marriage or moving to a new home
  • Being a caregiver to an elderly or a sick family member 
  • Chronic illnesses 

Psychology interventions can help improve skills and techniques to modify maladaptive thinking patterns that contribute to stress, manage the symptoms of stress through relaxation skills, and change unhelpful cognitive patterns that perpetuate the stress cycle.