Friday, July 29, 2011
Stress is a natural response and can be a good thing and is an automatic reaction that happens when there is a threat. The release of chemicals (such as the hormone adrenalin) sharpens our senses, focuses attention, quickens breathing, dilates blood vessels, increases heart rate and tenses our muscles. This is the ďfight or flightĒ response that prepares us to act quickly to avoid danger. And thatís a good thing.
And while a certain amount of the right kind of stress can be a positive force that provides challenge, change and stimulation, excessive low-grade stress that extends over a long period of time can be detrimental on our mental health and enjoyment.
We all have our own ways of responding to stress: crying or insomnia or any other thing. Because stress is such an individual experience, it's important to let our body be our guide.