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Transcript of Stress
Stress is an important and positive part of life.
it gives us motivation and drive.
BUT mismanaged or negative stress can cause uncomfortable stress
symptoms that interfere with our daily wellness and abilities to cope.
The daily effects of stress on our physical bodies has a very real impact on how we feel about our lives.
Throughout life, the different parts of our bodies strive to work together in efficient harmony whilst
reacting constantly to the demands made on them from within as well as from outside.
Many of these demands pose a threat to the body and the body's response to any
perceived threat is to prepare itself for "fight or flight"...
The first response is a reflex action in which the muscles
become tense. This is followed by a series of reactions...
Salivary glands stop secreting saliva, making mouth feel dry.
Breathing rate speeds up to
supply more oxygen to the
Muscles might ache, from the slow mobilization of lactic acid.
The liver discharges sugars into the
blood to provide muscles with extra
energy. Might also release excess
Heart rate increases to supply
more blood to muscles.
Blood pressure also rises.
Kidneys work less efficiently
because blood supply reduced.
Digestion ceases or slows down.
Defecation and urination are
prevented by the tightening of muscles; or diarrhea or uncontrolled urination may occur.
Skin becomes pale as
blood is drained away
from it & sent to muscles.
Immune system is impaired,
making a person susceptible
to disease or allergic reaction.
sO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR YOU?
Types of stess symptoms
physical stress effects on the body:
shortness of breath
Emotional stress effects on the body:
lack of concentration
negative attitude or apathy
mental stress effects on the body:
absenteeism from work
angry or agressive outbursts
thoughts of suicide
related to stress:
irritable bowel syndrome
high blood pressure
insomnia & chronic fatigue
The effects of stress can be
positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger.
Stress can also become negative.
What to do
press your feet to the floor
(like a tree)
read a book
it's ok to feel down, but
RECOGNIZE it, then use
your feelings to figure out
what's wrong. Take them as
a warning sign, then make sure
that you have more "up" days then