Effects of Stress when Prolonged, Part 2

Effects of Stress when Prolonged

Part 2

Effects of Stress on our Health

In this article I talk about the effects of stress  on our physical body. How our body is flooded with stress hormones (adrenalin) and then responds with physical reactions like, muscle tightening, blood pressure rising, increase in strength and alertness. One of the effects of stress on the body is that the body has no chance to relax and to come back to normal levels of the stress hormone adrenaline. Consequently, long term stress can cause serious physical symptoms, as well as depletion of the adrenalin glands, which is adrenalin exhaustion. Our whole body is affected because of the a strong mind/body/soul connection.

Our Physical Response to Stress
When we perceive we are in danger our nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. With that our heart beats faster, our muscles tighten, our blood pressure rises, our breath quickens and our senses become very sharp. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed our reaction time and enhance our focus—preparing us for our fight or flee response. These are the affects of stress on our body.

Stress of long time gives the body no chance to relax again. So our adrenal glands and kidneys are working overtime and will eventually be depleted. Our muscles are in a constant state of tension, consequently we get back problems, headaches, neck- and shoulder problems. Our blood pressure doesn’t go down so we get high blood pressure, our heart beat doesn’t slow down and consequently we will eventually get a heart disease, again the affects of stress.

To be continued…

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