Stress. We all experience it. Work stress, school stress, family stress, financial stress. Short-term, time limited stress is a normal part of life. It can actually be beneficial – stress can provide a burst of energy to help us get things done, stress can increase resiliency and tolerance for change. Stress can help focus our attention to get a project done before the deadline. Even events that are exciting or happy can create stress – buying a house, starting a new job, having a child, graduation, getting a promotion. Stress can also protect us from harm, alerting us to danger and allowing the body to move quickly out of the way of danger.