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.
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- 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.