Everyone feels stressed from time to time. But what is stress? How does it affect your health? And what can you do about it?

Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Every type of demand or stressor—such as exercise, work, school, major life changes, or traumatic events—can be stressful.

Stress can affect your health. It is important to pay attention to how you deal with minor and major stress events so that you know when to seek help.

Here are five things you should know about stress:

  1. Stress affects everyone.
  2. Not all stress is bad.
  3. Long-term stress can harm your health.
  4. There are ways to manage stress.
  5. If you’re overwhelmed by stress, ask for help from a health professional.

Anyone experiencing severe or long-term, unrelenting stress can become overwhelmed. You can read more about the five things that you should know about stress and how to better cope with stress at the National Institute of Mental Health website.