Stress is the way your mind and body respond to change. Most of the time, when we think about stress, we think of it as pressure that makes us feel worried, anxious, afraid, angry and out of control. Stress can happen to us even when good changes are going on.

For example, when we start a new job, we may feel stress because working in the community is new and unfamiliar. Or, when we move into our own apartment, we may feel stress because we have a lot to get done.

Although some stress is healthy, too much stress can cause problems with your body and your mind. Stress can cause problems with your heart, your digestion, your brain and nerves, your muscles, and your ability to fight infections. Stress can also cause you to feel nervous, sad, and angry. As you learn to control your feelings, you are also learning to cope with or handle stress.