The stress response or the fight or flight response, is a biological response mediated by the sympathetic part of the nervous system. During stress, the role of the sympathetic nervous system is to make enough energy available to prepare the body for emergency oxygen and increase strength and stamina. The body reacts to stress by deepening the breathing, quickening the heart rate, and sending more blood and oxygen to the muscles.
Unfortunately, the body doesn’t distinguish between physical and psychological threats. When you’re stressed over a busy schedule or a mountain of bills, your body reacts just as strongly as if you were facing a life-or-death situation. Your emergency stress response may be “on” most of the time if you have a lot of responsibilities and worries. The more your body’s stress system is activated, the harder it is to shut off.
In stressful situations, the body responds by preparing for action. It calls in energy reserves to maintain this state of preparedness. If the stressor is not relieved within a short time after entering the stress stage, the energy reserves become depleted. This leads to feelings of emptiness and lethargy, with everything becoming too much effort, bringing on feelings of depression. It is important to relax and unwind after stressful situations to protect the body from long-term exposure to stress.
Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.
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Published in the Connaught Telegraph newspaper on 20 February 2018
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