You feel it…
That naggy little tightness in your neck or shoulders….
That heaviness in your chest…
The knots in your stomach as your day progresses…
That’s stress. (download my free toolkit)
It can result from trying to juggle too much, a generalized feeling of anxiety, or a host of other factors. …and it changes as we age.
But it’s like poison in your body.
Phase 1: Alarm reaction
This is the immediate reaction to a stressor. In the initial phase of stress, humans exhibit a “fight or flight” response. This stage takes energy away from other systems (e.g. immune system) increasing our vulnerability to illness.
Phase 2: Resistance
If alarm reactions continue, the body begins getting used to being stressed. But this adaptation is not good for your health since energy is concentrated on stress reactions.
Phase 3: Exhaustion
This is the final stage after long-term exposure to a stressor. The body’s resistance to stress is gradually reduced and collapses as the immune system becomes ineffective. Often people who experience long-term stress could be more prone to heart attacks or severe infection due to their reduced resistance to illness.
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Stress can be differentiated as physical (running from a lion = acute) versus psychological (an ill relative or a problematic work manager = chronic) with psychological being much more common in modern society.
Examples of psychological stressors:
- work stress
- death or illness in a close relative
- aging parents
- changing career or downsizing
…just to name a few…
It’s imperative to understand what we view as stressful in our lives, and how we are coping currently.
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Determine your stressors, coping tools and what stress looks like in your life!