What is stress and what does your body?
Often people think that stress just means emotional stress but actually it’s bigger than that. Stress means anything that the body feels is a threat.
It’s often better to think of stress as the load or pressure being put on your body. Consider it to be much like the load or pressure on a bridge. It depends on how much and how heavy the traffic is crossing it. Up to a certain limit is fine, but too much or being overloaded too often and things start to breakdown.
For the body, these pressures can include, what food you eat, what dangerous chemicals you come into contact with, air pollution, surgery, anaesthetic, sunburn, viruses and, of course, emotional stress.
Short term stress is fine – our body is well designed to deal with it… but only if it’s about 14 seconds long. In fact Adrenaline, one of the hormones that drive stress, has a half-life of about 14 seconds (that means half of it is removed from the body every 14 seconds).
This is because the systems that are switched on by stress, result in other systems being switched off or suppressed. These systems include:
- Immune system
- Clear thinking
It also affects a range of hormones, blood sugar levels, heart and breathing rate, blood pressure and much more.
These important systems are vital for healthy and good functioning. If they are constantly disrupted its easy to see why the signs of stress, and the health problems that can follow, show up.
How to reduce stress?
There are many approaches that will help, these include:
Take advantage of these resources, as prolonged stress is damaging to your happiness and health.
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