Effects of Stress

Most of the times an individual interprets an event as stressful because of the automated process that occurs when there is a difference between our picture of the world and the realities of life. This page discusses the harmful effects of stress and effects it can have on people.

Stress Reactions

Stress, either quick or constant, can induce risky disorders. Immediate disorders such as dizzy spells, anxiety attacks, tension, sleeplessness, nervousness and muscle cramps can all result in chronic health problems. Stress reactions vary tremendously in their severity from mild uneasiness to extreme terror and panic. They may also affect our immunity, cardiovascular and nervous systems and lead individuals to habitual addictions, which are inter-linked with stress.

Like “stress reactions”, “relaxation responses” and “stress management techniques? are some of the body’s important built-in response systems. As a relaxation response, the body tries to get back balance in its homeostasis (The tendency towards a relatively stable equilibrium between interdependent elements especially as maintained by physiological processes). Some hormones released during the ‘fight or flight’ situation prompt the body to replace the lost carbohydrates and fats, and restore the energy level. The knotted nerves, tightened muscles and an exhausted mind crave for looseners. Unfortunately, today, we don’t get relaxing and soothing situations without asking. To be relaxed we have to strive to create such situations.

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