Stress is a way our body responds to any kind of external demands or threats. When the body feels threatened, the nervous system responds by releasing a plethora of stress hormones which include cortisol and adrenaline. Hormones which arouse the body for any emergency actions. These hormones make the muscles tighten, the heart to pound faster, makes the breathing quicker so that the senses can become sharper for handling the stress.
These stress fighting hormones also bring in physical changes. It increases stamina and strength, quickens reaction time and enhances focusing abilities. In other words, these are the ways your body protects you by mobilising stress response to fight external stress elements that can harm your body. However, when you find elements within your comfort zone, stress factors can help you to stay energetic, focused and alert. Also in emergency situations, stress factors can save your life by providing additional strength to defend yourself. It can help you to meet new challenges. Stress is the quintessential factor that helps to keep you on your toes, sharpens your concentration, or drive you to fulfil your goals. But then, when stress happens beyond the comfort zone, signs of stress are not at all helpful, as it can also cause major damage to your mind and body, sometimes even beyond repair. The human body often performs a poor job while distinguishing between life-threatening events and the daily stressors that we factor in our day to day life. For an example, when you are into an argument with your friend or got caught in a traffic jam, your body can still react as if you are confronting a life-or-death situation.
So when you repeatedly experience stress repose in your daily life, it can lead to serious health issues, like high blood pressure and blood sugar and other similar stress related ailments. Stress can upset your digestive system, kill your immunity, and increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Stress is at times also responsible for speeding up your ageing process, if the stress factors continue for a prolonged period of time.
Other health hazards exacerbated by stress are:
As we all are different, some of us are able to face the challenges of life, while many of us cannot and so often tend to crumble in the face of small obstacles. There are also many who even thrive on the excitement of a high-stressed lifestyle. Emotional awareness, the quality of your relationships and support network, your physical activity chart, your diet regime and your attitude and outlook that enhances stress tolerance and helps us to fight stress in our lives.