Stress is defined as a threat—real or perceived—that alters the homeostasis or state of balance of an organism. The body and mind both react to stress, and in doing so, trigger a host of physiological and behavioral activities. Short-term or acute stress can be good for the body. It's the long-term, chronic stress that can sometimes last for months or years that causes increased physical and mental risks. Yet, improving gut health, drinking certain teas, exercising, and engaging in relaxation activities like meditation can help manage your stress. Read on to learn more.