Chances Are, You Are Stressed !!
photo courtesy of downing.amanda
Stress is defined as a
state of mental or emotional strain or suspense; a difficulty that causes worry
or emotional tension; a force that produces strain on a physical
According to Danzae Pace, it is the "trash of modern life - we all generate it but if you don't dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life."
Your body reacts to emotional or physical strain by fighting or fleeing. It
has its own defense mechanism that when triggered, charges you with a boost of
energy and strength that enables you to protect yourself in times of emergency
(fight or flight).
But your body can't tell the difference between physical and psychological threats, so when you are :
your body reacts by releasing these same chemicals into your blood.
Here is a short animated clip depicting the fight or flight response courtesy of CRM Learning
... Since there is no physical danger there is no outlet for all this pent up energy and it results in meltdowns or illnesses.
Its effects are varied and can affect the way you feel in your body, the way you think and the way you act.
Pay close attention to your body, your moods, your energy level. The quicker you make the connection with how you feel and what's going on in your life, the faster you will be able to manage the effects of the emotional or physical strain.
For me, it’s the tension in my neck and shoulders, nagging headaches and inability to sleep restfully that gives it away. Then, I know that I have to do something about it fast.
Watch this short video that shows how stress can affect every part of our body.