(or, what happens in
your body when you're under stress?)
general, all the bodily changes that occur while under stress
are immediately life-saving in nature. That is, each of them
makes the human body more primed for decisive action, as if we
were in immediate physical danger (never mind that most of the
threats we face day to day are psychological or interpersonal
in nature, not physical; our bodies still click into red alert
as if what we need to do is fight or run for our life. But that's
Two things happen:
bodily activities (meaning, any body function that is not immediately
life-saving in nature) are slowed; become less efficient.
life-saving activities are speeded up; become more efficient.
although the stress response means that numerous things happen
instantaneously, it's likely that you are more aware of some
of them more than others. You'll "notice" some things more readily.
WITH THE STRESS RESPONSE
ARE A GOOD THING
changes are good because they can help you to begin to take steps
to alleviate stress before it builds and builds to high levels.
Truth is, most people are rather oblivious to the small stress
indicators and don't begin to take notice until they become impossible
what we're going to do is provide a brief list of the kinds of
physiological changes associated with the stress response in
hopes that it will help you to increase your awareness of the
times you are under stress.
The list (associated with each link below) is pretty straightforward,
and involves two major pathways in the human body: