We all have a stress tolerance threshold: That tipping point at which eustress (healthy stress) turns into distress. This threshold is based on past experience, the type of stressor you are dealing with as well as its intensity, your perception of the stressor, and the coping skills you have readily available in your arsenal (if any). There are, however, certain factors that can make a person more vulnerable to stress. Some are changeable, some are not.
Unchangeable vulnerability factors include:
The good news is that there are some vulnerability factors that you CAN change: