Stress In A Fast Paced Society
Stress starts with your brain
Your brain is the central processing unit of your entire body and it controls the production of most hormones. When you experience stress, a chain response occurs which results in a rush of stress hormones such as cortisol …show more content…
Stressful events trigger the heart to work harder by beating faster and pumping more blood to the organs, leading to an increase in blood pressure. If this stress response continues for extended periods, it can increase the risk of hypertension, inflammation of the coronary arteries, heart attack, and stroke. For women, estrogen appears to protect the heart from these risks but, post-menopause, a drop in estrogen leaves women more vulnerable.
Stress makes you tense
Tensing your muscles is an automatic response to a stressful situation. Your body sees it as a way to protect against injury or prepare to sprint away. This tension is not so helpful when you’re sitting at a desk, stressing out over work, month after month. Keeping your muscles constantly tense can lead to problems such as back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and migraines, and other musculoskeletal conditions. Combine this constant tension with pre-existing injuries or a lack of exercise and you may find yourself dealing with chronic pain.
Stress alters your