Stress And The Stress Of Stress Essay

832 Words Nov 21st, 2015 4 Pages
Stress Essay Stress is the response your body and mind has to being challenged or threatened. Common causes of stress (called stressors) include major life changes such as switching schools, catastrophes such as a flood, environmental problems such as abusive parents, and everyday problems like an argument with a friend. When these stressors occur, your body goes through the three stages of stress called the alarm stage, the resistance stage, and the exhaustion stage. The alarm stage happens when the stressor is first introduced. In this sage, your body releases adrenaline and your fight or flight instincts kick in while you decide whether to face the problem or run from it. In the resistance stage, your body becomes accustomed to the stress, and has found a method to cope with it. The exhaustion only occurs after you’ve been dealing with the stressor for weeks or months. In this stage, you’re body can no longer handle the stress, and you constantly feel depleted. While moderate levels of stress can help you focus or work harder, experiencing chronic stress can create negative physical, social and emotional effects later in life. Your physical health can be greatly compromised due to stress. Short term effects such as muscle tension, headaches, and increased heart rate may seem harmless in the moment, but they can cause serious health issues when experienced all the time. Hormones released during stress by your pituitary and adrenal glands weaken your immune system, making…

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