Acute, Chronic, and Distant Stress Acute stress is brief, temporary, and immediate, and although can vary in intensity from minor to severe, the duration of this type of stress is limited and can ordinarily be mediated by removing oneself from the situation, or changing one's behavior (Dallman & Hellhammer, 2011).
Whenever you feel encounter stress is gaining the upper hand in your life, step out for a short break. Go for a walk, do some deep breathing, watch a slide show of beautiful scenery, watch a brief fun filled video, enjoy a ‘gut wrenching’ laugh.
A stressful life events list, like the Social Adjustment Rating Scale, is a helpful tool for determining your stress and anxiety level. A stressful life events list, like the Social Adjustment Rating Scale, is a helpful tool for determining your stress and anxiety level.
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the "stress response". The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you.