The Effects Stress Has On Your Body

Stress is the body’s natural response to a hostile environment.

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Are you aware of the effects stress has on your body?

Short Term Effects
When humans are threatened, the body responds with a “fight or flight” response. While this is happening, the body makes necessary adjustments to handle the threat. The hypothalamus rings and alarm and body responses typically include:

  • – Breakdown of glycogen store in the liver and muscle to get more glucose
  • – Diverting the blood from less vital organs to the most vital ones
  • – Increasing heat rate to supply blood to the body quicker
  • – Increasing blood pressure to supply blood more efficiently
  • – Increasing respiratory rate to get more oxygen to the body

 

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These responses affect the body. Here are some warning signs and symptoms you should look out for…

 

Cognitive

Physical

Emotional

Behavioral

Indecisiveness

Muscle Tension

Moodiness/Agitation

Nervous Habits

Concentration Problems

Headaches/backaches

Restlessness

Change in eating habits

Poor Judgment

Neck Pain

Impatience

Sleeping too much/little

Anxiety

Weight gain/loss

Inability to Relax

Jaw clenching

Fearful Anticipation

Insomnia

Loneliness & Isolation

Teeth Grinding

Memory Problems

Skin Breakouts

Depression

Neglecting Responsibility

 

Loss of Energy

Feeling tense or “on edge”

Overdoing  Activities (like exercising or work)

 

Loss of Sex Drive

General Unhappiness

 

 

Peptic Ulcers

 

 

 

What about the stress in your life? Where does it come from? Do you know your body’s warning signs? Do you have healthy ways to combat your stress? Check back soon for healthy ways to combat your stress.

~HealthyGirl

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