The Physical Effects of Stress How the Body Reacts

Stress is the emotional and physical strain caused by the response to pressure from the outside world. Unfortunately, there is not a universally agreed upon definition of stress, and individuals react differently to stress. What is stressful for one person may be pleasurable or have little effect on others. Stress is not necessarily bad; in small doses, it can help people perform under pressure and motivate them to do their best. But, beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing damage to health, mood, productivity, relationships, and quality of life.
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make a person feel threatened or upset. When danger is sensed-whether it is real or imagined-the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the fight-or-flight reaction, or the stress response. The brain signals the release of stress hormones. These chemical substances trigger a series of responses that gives the body extra energy: blood sugar levels rise, the heartbeat speeds up, and blood pressure increases. The muscles tense for action. The blood supply is diverted away from the core to the extremities to help the body deal with the situation at hand. The stress response is the body's way of protecting itself.Read more...

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