What happens when you are stressed?

When you are stressed, your body responds by releasing hormones (principally adrenaline) that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is the fight-or-flight stress response. Acute stress is the immediate reaction your body makes when it has encountered a sudden trigger. Acute stress hits fast and typically dissipates fast. Another type of stress is mind stress is what you feel when you are overwhelmed and are juggling more thoughts and handling more things than you are used to, and you perceive recent life events negatively.

Mind stress is very common. You could be reading a book, listening to your teacher lecture or watching a movie, and suddenly you are no longer listening but instead you are thinking about something that happened earlier that morning or something that will be happening later that day. To the extent that you are worrying or fretting over these details is an example of mind stress. People who frequently allow themselves to mentally worry or think negative thoughts are the most prone to the negative long-term effects of mind stress. If stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed; and, your relationships may suffer.

Learn to spot stress and get control of it by taking action to purposefully reduce the amount of stress in your life, as well as stress triggers. One stress trigger for the aging is the stress of not having their affairs in order and not knowing what effect it will have should they not get them in order. This is also a major stress on other family members. Making the decisions now, so that your loved ones are not faced with that in their time of mourning, can reduce some of the stress that accompanies aging. Are your affairs and those of your loved ones in order?

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