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Stress is a natural response of the body to challenging or threatening situations

Stress is a natural response of the body to challenging or threatening situations. It can be helpful in small doses, motivating us to take action and perform better.

However, when stress becomes chronic or excessive, it can harm our physical and mental health. This is particularly true during high-stress times, such as exams or other significant life events.

The effects of stress on the body are numerous and can impact various systems, including the nervous, immune, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems. Here are some ways that stress affects the body:

  1. Nervous system: Stress can activate the sympathetic nervous system, which prepares the body for the "fight or flight" response. This can lead to increased heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, as well as muscle tension and decreased digestion.

  2. Immune system: Chronic stress can weaken the immune system, making us more susceptible to infections and illnesses.

  3. Cardiovascular system: Stress can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke by causing inflammation, high blood pressure, and damage to the arteries.

  4. Musculoskeletal system: Stress can cause muscle tension, headaches, and back pain. Prolonged stress can also lead to the development of chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

During high-stress times, such as exams, stress can build up in the body and cause physical symptoms. This can lead to fu