Stress Response: Fight or Flight
- The heart beat increases to pump blood to all of the necessary tissues with greater speed
- As the heart rate increases so does blood pressure
- Breathing becomes rapid and shallow
- Adrenaline hormones are released from the adrenal gland
- Liver releases stored sugar to meet the increased need for energy
- Pupils dilate and senses become heightened
- Muscles tense for movement
- Blood flow is restricted from the digestive tract
- Blood flow is increased to the brain and major muscles
- Blood flow is constricted from the extremities
- Body perspires to cool itself
Adaptation and resistance phase
The adrenals now release corticosteroids that help provide energy and the specific circulatory changes (glucocorticoids help to keep blood sugar stable and mineral corticoids help us retain sodium which helps our body maintain an elevated blood pressure).
With the unabated production of corticosteroids, organs and organ systems become weak and may cease to function.
Did you know?
70-80% of all visits to the doctor are related to stress
• Stress contributes to 50% of all illnesses in the US
• The cost of job stress in the US is estimated at over 200 billion
dollars annually, including the cost of absenteeism, lost
productivity and insurance claims
Many people know that yoga has numerous health benefits. However, most people do not know that there are simple and easy yoga poses that can actually help improve digestion.
The overall point of yoga is to find a conscious balance in our lives and make everything we do sacred. Outside of the actual practice of yoga poses, this means to try and have meals in comfortable environments and to use food for its intended purpose: as fuel for the fire of our physical and spiritual transformation.
What is stress?
Stress is caused when we react to situations in our internal and external environment. It can cause exhilaration, excitement, distress, or fatigue, and can manifest itself physically, mentally and emotionally. It is not the situations that are stressful; it is our reaction to the situation that causes us stress. Stress is a natural part of life, as it provides a stimulus for action.
These six keys for experiencing more happiness in your life were adapted from an interview with Christophe Andre, a French author, self proclaimed pessimist and expert on happiness.
Psychotherapy, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be very effective at dealing with the behavioral aspects of trichotillomania and the urges to pull. In fact, many people have found psychotherapy invaluable to help them stop pulling their hair and/or picking their skin by helping them become aware of their impulses and then making a conscious choice about how they can make it harder for themselves to pull. What psychotherapy does not do, at least not for most people, is get rid of the urges to pull. For many people, additional support is needed to do this. Read more…
You read that right – probiotics may help reduce stress, which can help you sleep better. “Impossible!” you say. “Absurd.” “Hooey.” – All common reactions, but hear me out on this and we may be able to change your mind (and improve your sleep!).