How does our body react physiologically when we’re under stress?
Stress can be any unspecific demand to adapt to a critical situation within a very short time. This has been described as “fight-or-fight” reaction. Our body reacts in a way that has been developed in primeval times- very well suited to run away, react very fast or hunt a wild animal.
Sounds funny? It might… but this is the fact!
So what happens in the body when you are submitted to stress? The body reacts to any kind of stress or adaptability requirement in a similar way.
The heartbeat accelerates, increase in blood pressure, better perfusion of muscles. Change of blood clothing and the skin becomes tense. And the body reactions.
At this the body’s ability to respond to immediate danger is suppressed. You also experience low gastro intestinal functions, which rob you of your appetite. You also experience lower immune reaction, which results in a higher risk of infections and lower sexual functions. As a man you experience that you simply can’t get it up when you are stressed.
In a stressed body, the flight or fight reaction is activated, and the noticeable changes includes an increase in heart rate, dilated pupils, dilation of the bronchial tubes, amongst other variety of changes.
These physical changes give the body added strength and energy. They prepare the body for dealing with stressful events such as aiding an accident victim. When stress is dealt in a positive way, the body restores itself and repairs any damage caused by the stress.
The minds’ reaction to stress however is difficult to predict. These mental reactions vary according to the person and the situation. A small amount of stress can help people perform their best, for instance in an exam or an athletic event with too much stress. People can become accident prone, make a lot of mistakes and may not be able to function.
This can be compared to a violin string. If the violin is too loose (low stress), it won’t produce music. If the sting is too tight (too much stress), it will break. Thus some degree of stress is necessary to function properly.
So, the wisdom here is learning to strike a fine balance between low stress and high stress.
Incident of acute stress have been associated with a higher risk of cardiac events such as heart rhythm abnormalities and heart attacks. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system and such actions and others may negatively affect the heart in several ways.
Sudden stress increases the pumping action and rate of the heart and causes the arteries to constrict thereby posing a risk for blocking blood flow to the heart. This causes the blood to become thicker and sticker, increasing the potential likelihood of an artery clogging blood cot.
Stressful events and their symptoms in men and women however, still require lots of evidence and proof to confirm the actual harm of stress on the heart.
But the fact remains that too much stress is very dangerous. So, do all you can to reduce the level of stress in your life- whether it is business life or personal life. Remember… too much of everything is bad- including too much work, too much play or even too much money making endeavors.
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