Stress is a condition that is the result of the failure of a human or animal body to react appropriately to emotional or physical threats to the organism, whether real or imaginary. It is "the autonomic response to environmental stimulus."

Stress can be managed using many techniques including exercise, good diet, stress management and relaxation techniques, recuperative rest, and relaxing environment.

Insufficient magnesium in the diet has been implicated to be a factor in becoming stressed which plays a role in triggering or worsening depression and cardiovascular disease.

Distress is the detrimental and sometimes life-threatening type of stress as it generally has negative implications, whereas eustress is a positive form of stress, which are the pleasurable moments in a person's life. Both can be equally taxing on the body, and can build up culminating in a good or bad manifestation, according to how it was formed. The body cannot physically differentiate between distress and eustress.

stress-related disorders encompass a broad array of conditions, including psychological setbacks and other types of emotional strain, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive impairment. In turn, these conditions may lead to poor work performance or even injury. Stress is a prevalent and costly problem in today's workplace.

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