Stress is defined as a reaction by your body to any demand made upon it and a’requirement’ means a shift. Did you know different stress levels have titles? For instance “Neutral” stress is the amount of work it requires to keep normal body function. Lets have a look at Success and what it suggests. Believe it or not succeeding is a stressor, known as “Eustress”, which stems from the term euphoria.
We can give eustress a quantitative number like 5 because it’s a high intensity feeling and brings many consequences and changes. Now we’ll have a brief peak at failure. Failure means challenge, or worst of defeat. So failure can generate what’s known as “Distress”, which, we will give a variety of 5 since it has implications for change are chemical and also intense. I’m relinquishing the positive and negative judgements on stressors and attempting to quantify them depending on the shift from homeostasis-the standard perspective. If our greatest stress level is 10 that is when we encounter all the classic “fight and flight” signals of our body preparing for action.
Hormones, like adrenaline, surge. 6 Your pulse and blood pressure soar. Your palms sweat. 7 Your short of breath. Your hair stands on end. 8 You have a flock of geese flapping on your belly. Your blood glucose increases and your muscles tense. 9 Your brain is focused on fighting or flighting. If you get to 10 you will probably mess your knickers as your system has gone berserk from over stimulation and your body will concede. Though the scents may prevent your adversary from taking that first bite. These effectsup to 9.9 unchanged for thousands of years, helped ancient humans survive!
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The issue here is that the physical and psychological manifestations of the stress response are intended to dissipate if the immediate physical threat is over. But when they do not, over time, these over used hormones trigger cardiovascular disease, hypertension, suppressed immunity, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and even depression. The best defense against those physical manifestations is to recognize that they are due to your hard wired ancient emotions. As an example, if you are late for work and you have just missed the last subway.
What should you do? You may either dread, or you could just accept the circumstance. Relax, take a deep breath and await the next one. If you are able to change a circumstance, take action, if you can not, then you accommodate. Understanding stress and its effects can help you use it to your own advantage, and turn prospective “stressors” into positive challenges.
Something I have always thought and now appears to be coming to light with scientific proof is the fact that stress can actually be good for you! This is a study done recently with mice in a stressful situation. What the researchers did was that they take a whole lot of mice which were bullied repeatedly with a dreadful mouse for a few hours for six consecutive days. At the end of the period the researchers infected the chosen on mice with a strain of flu which also infects humans. Other mice, not exposed to this bullying, were infected so the scientists could measure the effects of the strain. The bullied mice were really better able to ward off the virus compared to those who had not had to take care of an aggressive foe. So the scientists changed the title of this stress test to “continued defeat.”
By whatever name, the pressure apparently enhanced the memory of the specific”T cells,” that operate the immune system. Low levels of anxiety produce hormones that help us fulfill a variety of challenges, so a little of a bad thing could be helpful. Needless to say, there is still some question about whether individuals will respond exactly like mice, but the mouse immune response resembles that of the people and that is why they selected the mice. Did we want this experiment to prove our point? Hardly. But the scientists do and here we are with more evidence of what we already knew.
Since the fight-or-flight response was created for physical activity, regular exercise is the best method of dissipating the physical manifestations of stress hormones within the body. Exercise, even extending, can relieve tension from the muscles. While fight-or-flight taxes the immune system average physical activity can reinforce the immune reaction.
Exercise may also counteract the anxiety cortisol and adrenaline can cause when they flood the bloodstream for prolonged periods. Most of all, exercise is an outlet for excess adrenaline, and has been shown to blunt cortisol production. But another way it accomplishes this is by releasing serotonin, a neurotransmitter that stimulates the brain’s”happy centers” This happens most dramatically within the first half an hour of physical activity, then tapers off. Exercise also induces the release of endorphins, which block pain messages and can improve mood. There are peripheral benefits to physical activity also. The feeling of self-control that includes overcoming the stress provoking stress, naturally the weight loss that includes the exercise and the enhanced body image influences our outlook, and thus our interactions with other people, which in turn improve our mood.