Effects of Stress on the Body Part 1

Stress is the body’s reaction to anything out of the ordinary.  This is directly tied to our survival instincts, otherwise known as the fight-or-flight response. When a person encounters a stressor (an uncommon stimulus that causes stress), the stress response is triggered.  Several changes instantly happen within multiple bodily systems during a stress response.  Knowing these changes can be incredibly helpful when trying to deal with stress. 

Here are some primary effects of stress on the body. Primary effects are immediate and urgent response to serious threats :

  • Skin – Pale as blood diverts to vital organs.
  • Sweet Glands – Start up to cool the underlying and overheated muscles.
  • Muscles – Tense in readiness for action.
  • Lungs – Air passage dilates, creating more intense to provide more oxygen to feed increase blood supply.

Here’s a post on managing stress > https://empress2inspire.blog/2020/05/30/ways-to-manage-stress/

  • Heart – Begins to pound, sending blood around body carrying energy and hormones.
  • Blood – Thickens to help it carry more oxygen, fight infection and stop bleeding.
  • Liver – Glycogen converted to blood sugar to give “short distance” energy.
  • Digestion – Blood diverted elsewhere. Mouth goes dry to avoid extra fluids to stomach.
  • Bladder & Rectum – Muscles relax to release excess load.

We will talk about secondary effects of stress in the body tomorrow.

Reference : https://image.slidesharecdn.com/effects-of-stress-warning-signs-tctc-140519073811-phpapp02/95/the-effects-of-stress-and-warning-signs-infographic-1-638.jpg?cb=1400720781


8 Comments Add yours

    1. GS says:

      Thank you. Glad you liked the post. When the body is stressed, muscles tense up. Muscle tension is almost a reflex reaction to stress—the body’s way of guarding against injury and pain.
      With sudden onset stress, the muscles tense up all at once, and then release their tension when the stress passes. Chronic stress causes the muscles in the body to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness. When muscles are taut and tense for long periods of time, this may trigger other reactions of the body and even promote stress-related disorders.

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  1. ThinkTalk says:

    Always helpful and thanks for the link on managing stress.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Stress is a killer at least for brain cells. A new animal study shows that a single socially stressful situation can destroy newly created neurons in the hippocampus, the brain region involved in memory and emotion.

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      1. ThinkTalk says:

        Wow good to know. We all should be avoiding stress like plague. But didn’t we used to believe that there’s good stress that spurs us to take positive steps/action? Is there a difference or stress is stress? Thanks

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  2. GS says:

    Anytime you put the word chronic in front of something, the definition tends to be negative and this is especially true of stress. If the challenge is something you can power through, that’s an indication it’s good stress. If the same stressor keeps returning, the negative effects may well accumulate.


  3. Love Alone says:

    Reblogged this on Love and Love Alone.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog


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