What Is Stress?
Stress is the physical and mental reaction of the body to the life challenges or experiences. Every one of us encounters the stress on different occasions of life, these events could be related to anything such as work, family, environment, accident, or serious illness etc..
What Does Stress Do To Your Body?
In the condition of nervousness, the tiny control tower of the brain known as hypothalamus sends an order to the stress hormones. These hormones make the body parts aware of the emergency situation and prepare them to react quickly. The heart starts to pump the blood with more pressure and speed, the lungs start to function quickly, and the muscles get stronger and active to protect the body from any harm, however, if this condition continues for a long time it can cause adverse effects on health.
Benefits Of Stress
Sometimes we have to face immediate or short-term stress, such as time-related issues, making quick decisions, meeting someone you don’t like, traffic jams, work deadlines, and other challenging situation. This type of stress can be helpful in order to maintain a healthy life because it makes our body and mind ready to cope with a serious situation. The body releases hormones that increase the:
- Breathing process
- Athletic performance
- Reaction time
- Muscle ‘s strength
- Increase immunity
- Brain Sharpness
However, the excessive amount of any type of strain may increase the risks of mental and physical illness.
Health Effects Of Stress
The feeling of pressure or strain is known as stress in psychology. An individual can experience the tension due to different reasons such as environment, unpleasant situations, and negative emotions or thought. When you get scared, embarrassed or anxious your face flushes and the body gets hot and sweaty, it is called psychogenic fever. The increase in body temperature actually is the warming up of the muscles. Most of the short-term effects are the result of this flight or fight response. During stress the Adrenal gland in the brain releases the hormones, this, in turn, releases glucose into the bloodstream to power up the body, it also suppresses the digestion and immune system. Any type of continues stress can lead a person to discomfort, pressure or physical and mental sickness such as:
- Bad temperament
- Heart attack
- A headache
- Fertility problems
- Mental illness
- Memory loss
- Insomnia (inability to sleep)
The American Psychological Association found that Americans are most stressed about work, money and the economy. Does this sound like you? If you are chronically stressed there is some hope. Being the socially connected helps, according to a study “People who have supportive, close relationships have lower levels of systemic inflammation compared to people who have cold, unsupportive and conflict-ridden relationships.”
Regular exercise and eating healthy food can help us to solve many problems of our life and in order to maintain a healthy life, we should always try to stay focused and positive.