What are the Effects of Stress on the Body?
Immediate and long term effects of stress.
Effects of Stress - the Hormonal Cascade
As soon as your mind registers and interprets an event as stressful, a cascade of hormones is released into the blood stream. Some of the effects that these hormones have on your body are:
Everyone experiences stress. It is a natural part of life. Our bodies have a built mechanism to respond to stress. Regardless of the source of the stress, your body goes through the same response to stress that primitive people experienced when they faced physical threats in their lives.
This response to stress is called General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) - a term coined by Hans Selye, the father of stress research. The GAS has three phases:
In extreme, or chronic cases of stress, exhaustion can become so prominent that basic physiological function weakens and ultimately too much stress can lead to death.
Because of our increasingly complicated lives, we are experiencing stress more often and our ability to recover is often diminishing. This leads to long term effects of stress on your body and effects on your mind and your emotions - the psychological effects of stress.
So, what can you do about this? How can you reduce the effects of stress? There are a number of things you can do.
Words of Wisdom
The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
Humor, a great stress reliever!
Stress is like spice - in the right proportion it enhances the flavor of a dish. Too little produces a bland, dull meal; too much may choke you.
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