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Stress is the physical, mental, and emotional experience that a person has when facing a challenge in life. Many people think that stress is always bad, but most stress is just a normal part of life. Stress is only bad when you struggle to manage it, or when you think that you cannot deal with it. Learning to live with stress is an important life skill.
Stress can be positive ("good stress"), such as stress related to a vacation, a competition, or a date. Good stress can make you feel energized and motivated to do your best. Stress can be negative ("bad stress") when it is caused by something like a big test, a fight with a friend, or bullying.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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