We All Have Stress Sometimes
For some people, it happens before having to speak in public. For other people, it might be before a first date. What causes stress for you may not be stressful for someone else. Sometimes stress is helpful – it can encourage you to meet a deadline or get things done. But long-term stress can increase the risk of diseases like depression, heart disease and a variety of other problems. There are very few among us who have never experienced stress. Whether it’s a pending work deadline or an overwhelming physical threat, our body’s response to stress can be both helpful and harmful.
Flight or Fight
Our stress response gives us the strength and speed to ward off or flee from impending danger. But when it continues, stress can put us at risk for obesity, heart disease, cancer, and a variety of other illnesses. A threat to your life or safety causes your body to undergo immediate physical changes. A chemical signal deep inside your brain speeds stress hormones through the bloodstream, preparing your body to be alert and prepared to escape danger. This is known as the “Flight or Fight” response. You have faster reaction times, your concentration becomes more focused, and your agility and strength increase. When the stressful situation ends, hormonal signals switch off the stress response and the body returns to normal.
Stress and the Modern Person
With today’s fast paced lifestyle, stress often doesn’t let up. Many of us now constantly experience anxiety and worry about work, relationships, money, the economy, college expenses, and job security-among others. As a result, the stress hormones produced by our body in anticipation of physical harm or threat continue to wash through the system in high levels, never leaving the blood and tissues. The stress response that gave our ancestors the speed and endurance to escape life-threatening dangers runs constantly in many modern people and never shuts down.
Stress Management Techniques
Mindfulness techniques, meditation, and relaxation are just some of the ways we can beat stress. We cannot avoid stress in life, the trick is to give ourselves tools to manage it so it doesn’t control our lives and harm our health and well being. Stress Less Workshops gives you a full set of the tools you need to overcome stress in your life.