Our stress response deals with the physiological and psychological reaction to a perceived threat. While we all have different ways of responding to stress and some of us seem more successful than others, there are general trends we can identify. Some stressors result in knee-jerk reactions (think about jump-scares) while others we can, with practice, choose how to respond to rather than just react. The keys to appropriate stress responses lie in identification, action, and recovery. By reflecting on your own habits and strategies, you can be mindful about your default settings and make some positive changes toward improving your stress response. Most importantly, we want to try to avoid or minimise the long-term problems associated with unhelpful stress responses which are described more below.