Stress Management

Physiology of Stress: Know how your body responds when stressed out!

Have you ever felt stressed out due to some of physical or emotional reasons and you want to know how you can minimize these factors. If you get to know of them, then it would be rather easy for you to control them.

From the primitive days to till now, humans are passing through fight and flight and everything they are responding to is fear and danger.

Awareness of something is like wining half the battle and it is also applicable to stress, so, you must be aware of how to respond stress. The response may include:

1. Increased heartbeats:
It is the organ which helps in supplying oxygen and sugar to the blood around the body. If it gets affected by stress, it may result in rapid or irregular heartbeats.

2. Due to the influence of stress, breathing becomes more rapid and it may cause hyperventilation and asthma.

3. Stress hormones are released.
 Due to stress, adrenaline is released by the adrenal glands and with this influence the hormone helps to maintain increased heart rates and will release the stored sugar for energy to the body.

Another hormone Noradrenaline is associated with anger and it can raise blood pressure. Stress may result in high blood pressure, panic or anxiety.

4. S tress may result in high blood pressure and triggered by the released symptoms include high blood pressure.
5. The muscles of our body also get affected with stress, if we do not relax ourselves it becomes very stiff. Stress can lead to uptight, pain in neck, tension headache, tight jaw, shoulder pain, back pain, insomnia, sleeping trouble, learning disabilities, both speaking and listening problem and so on.

6. Stress can also influence blood circulation for surviving it is a primitive response. For digestive, it is necessary but systems that can be associated with stress response might include high blood pressure, cold hands and feet, migraine headache, pre-ulcerous or ulcerous conditions and constipation etc.

7. Mechanisms in the middle and lower more primitive parts of the brain take over, so you react to things and do not think things through. And also you get more sensitive to noise, ringing telephones or door bells. Stress also results in poor communication ability, poor problem solving etc.

8. Symptoms which can be associated with stress, might give hyperhidrosis and it can be a cause for dehydration due to over sweating.

9. Stress may also result in imbalance in normal hormone levels. It can affect the immune system which is there to fight off infections and promote healing. And the symptoms may be associated with the stress responses might include: frequent colds, cancer or tumor development, increased allergic responses.

Everyone holds their tension in one or more of these systems. It is important for you to find out  which system responds when you are stressed out and try to learn how to release from these physical tensions. Although it will take time and motivational power, it is always worthwhile making it a habit.