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 secondary effects of stress on the body. Primary effects are ongoing responses with stress :
- Skin – Less blood supply can lead to distress developing.
- Heart – Racing heartbeat and high blood pressure can lead to stroke or heart attack.
- Blood – Heart works harder due to thickened blood.
- Muscles – Ongoing tension leads to aches and pains, even muscle strain.
- Lungs – Super oxygenated blood can lead to blackouts and upset heart rhythms.
- Digestion – Shutdown can lead to stomach problems, particularly if you eat on the run. Increase in a acidity can contribute to stomach ulcers.
- Liver – Body’s own fats and proteins broken down and release to provide further energy.
- Cholesterol – High cholesterol in blood can cause hardening of the arteries.
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