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What Happens in Your Body?

Biologically stress impacts the body. You can feel it as you blood pulses, your heart rate increases, and you get that funny feeling in your stomach. There are three stages of stress.

1) The Alarm Stage - this occurs when you are frightened or threatened. Your body sends the signal to releases stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol. Both of these help increas your strength and concentration. Your heart rates increasing, thus sending more blood and oxygen to your muscles and make you ready for quick actions. This is also your "fight or flight" response.

2) The Resistance Stage - thiss occurs after the inital extreme reaction. Your body stays alert but at a lower level as it resumes to normal functions. If the stress fades away, you can reconstruct your defenses. If it is long term you go into the third stage.

3) The Exhaustion Stage - this is the "burnout" or overload phase. Your immune system becomes weakened and puts you are risk for disease. 

In your body: 
  • Blood pressure rises
  • Breathing becomes more rapid
  • Digestive system slows down
  • Heart Rate Rises
  • Immune system goes down
  • Muscles become tense
  • We do not sleep (heightened state of alertness