Stress is a common physical and mental reaction to life experiences. Day-to-day activities such as work, new experiences, arguments, or meeting new people can trigger stress. For immediate, short-term situations stress can help you adapt to potentially serious circumstances. Your body responds to stress by releasing hormones that increase your heart rate and make your muscles ready to respond.
During these situations, you may feel threatened or upset and your body may create a stress response. This can cause a variety of physical symptoms such as depression, mood swings, low self-esteem, or a change in sleeping habits, and can lead you to experience more intense emotions.
Stress Affects Your Mind and Body
Stress can affect your mind and body in several ways:
Respiratory and Cardiovascular System
Stress hormones affect your respiratory and cardiovascular systems. During the stress response, you inhale quicker with an end goal to quickly distribute oxygen-rich blood to your body. If you have a breathing issue like asthma or emphysema, stress can make it much harder to breathe. Stress hormones cause your blood vessels to constrict and direct more oxygen to your muscles so you’ll have more strength to take action and as a result, can increase your blood pressure. The rise in blood pressure can increase the risk of having a stroke or heart attack.
Your muscles tense up to protect themselves from injury when you’re stressed. They tend to release again once you relax, however, if you are constantly under stress, your muscles may not get the chance to relax. Tight muscles cause migraines, back and shoulder aches, and body pain. Over time, this can set off an unhealthy cycle and result in relying on pain medication for relief.
Central Nervous and Endocrine System
The Central Nervous System is in charge of your fight or flight response. The hormones released by adrenal glands during stress disrupt serotonin levels, a brain chemical that affects mood. Over time, regular changes in serotonin levels may lead to anxiety or depression.
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