Stress And Its Effects On Stress Essay

1114 Words Oct 27th, 2015 5 Pages
In today’s busy world, most people have lives that are filled with frustrations, deadlines, and demands. For many, stress becomes so common that it occurs every day and becomes a way of life. Stress is not always bad. Stress, when it does not exceed a certain level, can help people perform better since they are under pressure. It can also be used as a motivator to complete a task quicker and better. However, when stress exceeds a certain point, life can become overwhelming and can result in damaging a person’s health, mood, relationships, and quality of life. Luckily, there are ways to recognize the signs of stress and reduce the damaging effects stress has on the physical dimension of health.
Stress is the body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When an individual feels threatened, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, the main ones including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones prepare the body for fight or flight response. The heart begins to beat faster, the muscles in the body tighten, blood pressure begins to rise, breathing starts to quicken, and the senses become sharper. These physical changes increase individual’s strength and stamina, reaction time, and enhance focus (Segal et al, 2015).
Since the fight-or-flight response is dangerous with chronic activation—repeated use depletes the body’s reserve energy and results in physical deterioration,—it is important to be able to return the body to a state of…

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