Today, juggling the conflicting demands of work, family, and personal commitments can be overwhelming. For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best (this level will vary from person to person). However, if you frequently find yourself feeling overwhelmed, it’s time to act to bring your nervous system back into balance. You can protect yourself by learning how to be re-educating your unconscious mind to make some new decisions. Stress is a physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger whether it’s real or imagined – the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight or flight” reaction, or the stress response.
The Body’s Stress Response
Recognize the signs and symptoms of stress and taking steps to reduce its harmful situation or other stressful challenges that might be affecting your life. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life giving you extra strength to defend yourself when you perceive a threat, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action.
Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.
The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpens your concentration when you’re attempting the sports/game winning free throw, or drives you to study for an exam But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
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