One humans stress is not the same as another. Differnt things in our life trigger the stress hormones to be released within our bodies. This causes a chain reaction of cortisol levels to surge through our body. Stress is just not physical, it is mechanical as well. Our body will react causing primary and secondary stress responses. What is all these stress factors doing to our body?
PRIMARY STRESS RESPONSE
IMMEDIATE & URGENT RESPONSE to SERIOUS THREAT
MUSCLES: tense in readiness for action.
SWEAT GLANDS: start up to cool the underlying and overheated muscles.
BLOOD: thickens to help it carry more oxygen, fight infection & stop bleeding
CHOLESTEROL: high cholesterol in blood can cause hardening of the arteries.
BLOOD: heart works harder due to thickened blood.
LIVER: body’s own fats and proteins broken down and released to provide further energy.
HEART: begins to pound, sending blood around body carrying sugar (energy) and hormones (eg. adrenalin)
SKIN: pales as blood diverted to vital organs.
SECONDARY STRESS RESPONSE
ONGOING RESPONSE to UNDEALT WITH STRESS
HEART: racing heartbeat and high blood pressure can lead to strokes or heart attacks.
SKIN: less blood supply can lead to diseases developing
LIVER: glycogen converted to blood sugar to give ‘short distance’ energy.
LUNGS: air passage dilates, breathing more intense to provide more oxygen to feed increase blood supply.
MUSCLES: ongoing tension leads to aches & pains, even muscle strain.
LUNGS: super-oxygenated blood can lead to blackouts and upset heart rhythms.
DIGESTION: processes shut down as blood diverted elsewhere. Mouth goes dry to avoid adding extra fluids to stomach.
BLADDER & RECTUM: Muscles relax to release any excess load.
DIGESTION: shutdown can lead to stomach problems, particularly if you eat on the run. Increase in acidity can contribute to stomach ulcers.
However, our body is designed to give us "warning signs" these are the emotional and physical attributes our bodies will process.
Below are some of the messages our bodies send to tell us we’re stressed.
KEY: Early Warning Signs, Secondary Stress Signs in italics
You can download the effects of stress and warning signs, to review and check mark on your own time. This little poster is just a reminder. Add it to your wellness journal.
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