This is the Your Body on Stress and What Happens From The Effects of Stress on the Body
We’re in a busy time of year with new schedules, etc.. Therefore, I know a lot of you are feeling some pressure. This pressure often leads to stress and overwhelm. Furthermore, the effects of stress on your body can have a major health impact.
I also know a lot of you think you should just toughen up and “push through it”.
Spoiler alert: You can’t do it.
That’s because stress isn’t all in your mind. It’s also in your body.
Your stress response system is a primal reaction, in other words it’s hardwired into your system to keep you safe and alive.
In this post I’m going to outline some important things you need to know about stress and the effects of stress on the body.
Stress can actually be a good thing.
That can have a major impact on your health.
Hang in there with me, because it’s pretty eye-opening.
It works in two parts…
This is basically your body’s “Go” juice.
7. All of that happens lightning-fast, before you even have a chance to fully register that your alarm didn’t go off!
Your body does this to either give you the fuel you need to run away fast…or go to battle.
8. Which is exactly what you do, by jumping out of bed and springing to action. In essence, you have a LOT to do in a short period of time, and so much is riding on this interview!
9. Your body kicks on its second stress-response layer. This is your HPA axis, which consists of your hypothalamus, your pituitary gland, and your adrenal glands.
10. Your adrenal glands dump Cortisol (and more fuel) into your system, to keep your accelerator on until the stress passes.
11. When you finally hop into your car, you relax a little, which triggers your parasympathetic system. This puts the brakes on your stress response so you can start to relax.
Are you relaxed?
12. At the interview (which somehow, miraculously, you arrive at on-time!), your sympathetic response kicks back on. This will keep you sharp so you can nail the interview.
13. On the drive back home, your Cortisol levels dip back down, once again triggering your parasympathetic “recovery” system.
Have you ever been Hangry?
14. After all of that, your blood sugar levels will start to dip, because your body releases insulin to gobble it up from your system, you feel yourself becoming hungry and tired. You might even become “hangry until you can get something to eat.
15. If this is an isolated issue, you’ll go on your way, having a normal day.
16. But if this is just the latest thing to happen in a series of stressful events – or if you never learned stress-management techniques – your body might not know how to put on your anti-stress brake. Long-term, the effects of stress on the body can lead to lasting health issues.
Over time this constant revving of your sympathetic nervous system can lead to health problems that can cause damage.
Such as damage to your blood vessels, which in turn can cause high blood pressure and increase your risk of stroke or heart attack!
As you can see, learning how to trigger your body’s parasympathetic (aka “rest & digest) system is important part of learning how to de-stress.
Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be sharing actionable tips, techniques and strategies to help you combat your every day stress and limited the effects of stress on the body.
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This is such a MASSIVE and chronic problem in our culture today, so I wanted to make sure I provide you with real world tips that will help you in your life!
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I know change isn’t easy… I totally get it.
- Go outside for a short walk, listen to calming music, take a half-hour technology break, or read (from a real book!). You’ll find yourself relaxing almost immediately.
- Taking a few stress-relieving breaks during the course of the day isn’t weak.