No matter who you are, stress affects us all. Work. School. Kids. Bills. Health problems. The list is never ending! But, what exactly is stress and how does it affect the body? Here’s a closer look.
Stress is a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences. In the short term, stress helps you cope with life’s touch situations by providing your brain with more oxygen. However, a body that remains elevated in a stressed state for too long can become problematic. This type of stress if called chronic stress and can cause a variety of systems that negatively affect your overall health and well-being.
Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems: Stress hormones affect the respiratory and cardiovascular systems in the body. When your body releases the stress hormone, these systems quickly distribute oxygen and blood to the core of your body. This causes you to breathe faster and your heart to pump faster. Frequent or chronic stress can lead to an overworked heart, which raises the risk of hypertension, stroke and heart attack.
Central Nervous and Endocrine systems: If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you probably know all about the “fight or flight” response. If you haven’t, here’s what it is. When your body detects stress, the central nervous system goes on high alert, creating a “fight or flight” response. It commands systems in the body to come to life in case of an emergency. For instance, the hypothalamus in the brain is signaled and tells the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and cortisol. Typically, as the body realizes the perceived fear is gone, the CNS tells all systems to return to normal. But, if the CNS fails to return to normal, or the stressor does not go away, the body suffers negative symptoms. These include: irritability, anxiety, depression, headaches and insomnia. If severe enough, it can also lead to eating too much or too little, social withdrawal or substance abuse.
Digestive system: During times of stress, the liver produces extra blood sugar (glucose) to provide you with a boost o energy. Unfortunately, this isn’t the sugar high we all lived for when we were kids! If stress down not go away, unused blood sugar may become reabsorbed in the body, which increases the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. The rush of hormones provided by stress can lead to a great upset in the digestive system, from rapid breathing, increased heart rate, nausea, vomiting and stomachache.
These are only some of the many problems stress can cause on the body. This is why it is so important to gain control of stress so your body doesn’t suffer the consequences. Hypnosis is one area of specialty that provides an excellent way to help eliminate stress and anxiety levels. Hypnotists work to help you identify the cause(s) of stress and will help you create a goal to tackle it. Your hypnotist will then work with you in achieving these goals using a variation of different techniques. After just a few sessions, you should start to feel more relaxed and confident in situations that previously caused you stress.
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Written By: Patience Itson