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The Stress Effect
I want you to stop and think about a time when you were stressed or anxious. That time could be right now, how did you feel? How did your body feel? How did your mind feel? What happened to your relationships? Did you eat more or did you eat less? Did you cry? Did you exclude yourself from all situations? Did you get sick? What if I told you these are physiological processes which were stress induced and are your body’s response to the stressor. Right now, stress is all around us – everyone is stressed more than ever before. It is a scary time, but we want to help you understand what is happening to your body and how to cope.
Stress is an extremely interesting physiological response because technically it can be initially classified as psychological which stimulates various hormonal responses and presenting through physical changes. Have you ever gone into see the doctor with a stomach ache and they have asked you if you’re stressed or anxious? Well here’s the thing, it’s easy to classify stress and anxiety into a psychological ‘category’, but it is so important to note the physical, physiological and behavioural responses that occur due to stress or anxiety. Before I give you a summary of the responses that occur, remember being in a stress is a state of fight or flight, which is important when you think of evolution and survival of the fittest. (Yaribeygi, Panahi, Sahraei, Johnston & Sahebka, 2017):
Wow, that was quite long, sorry there is so much information out there and it’s hard to always simplify it as I believe in order for you to make life-long sustainable changes, you need to understand the reasons behind making the change.
If you are like me and you skip to the pictures ;) here is a little infographic for you:
Next week we will be talking about how to help and manage your stress. Please don’t forget to subscribe to the newsletter so that you can see the blogs as soon as they are up and please share with your loved ones, so we can all be a little less stressed. We hope you have a happy and healthy day xxx
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DISCLAIMER: This blog post in no way aims to provide medical or psychological advice. It merely aims to provide some understanding of the stress and anxiety responses which occur in the body. The term “anxiety” in this article refers to the psychological and emotional response of feeling anxious, it is not to provide advice or to describe an anxiety disorder. This is based on the writer’s opinion and research.