It helps to think of stress as one part of a continuum of feelings. At one end is excitement and at the other end, depression. Stress and anxiety fall between the two extremes. The illustration here will help put this concept into perspective. Although these four states are similar, they are also different. The particular state you experience when threatened or challenged will depend upon how you believe you will cope with the situation. In any situation, you could experience one of these states or a combination of two states that are next to each other (e.g., excitement and stress, stress and anxiety).