What is stress? Stress is the body’s physical, mental or emotional reaction to a change or threat. Even a perceived threat, because of negative thoughts or feelings, can trigger a stress response. This response releases adrenaline and cortisol and prepares your body to fight the threat or run away from it. You might experience increased heart rate and respiration, elevated blood pressure, sweating, and blood rushing to your arms and legs. This response is beneficial when a big dog is chasing you, but what about ordinary, everyday stress, like an upcoming test? Even though the threat is not the same, the body’s reaction is. Here you will find information about the types of daily stress you may face, tips for helping you cope, and signs that it may be time for you to ask for help.