Stress is an excitatory response of the body due to any environmental fight or flight stimulus. When we are stressed, the sympathetic system of the body takes over our body resulting in:
- Elevated heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Increased breathing
- Increased metabolism of the body
- Weaker immune response
- Person become more prone to depression and anxiety
How the body responds to prolonged stress:
Many situations in life make us physically or mentally stressed. It might also be that the internal environment of the body is stressed due to any pathology. In any sort of tension, the body has its way to cope up with it. Cortisol, the stress hormone, is released from the adrenal cortex to make certain changes in the body in order to regain the homeostasis. The cortisol readjusts the metabolism to make sure that energy is supplied to the parts that need it most. Prolonged stress does not have a very pleasant effect on the body. It affects the memory, growth in children, healing and repair of wound and the basal metabolic rate.
Symptoms of stress:
Stress can be represented by symptoms that can be emotional, physical, mental and behavioral. Some of the symptoms include low mood, short temper, blueness, constantly worrying, anxiety, headaches, indigestion, irregularity in menses, constipation or diarrhea, insomnia or somnolence etc.
Find if you are stressed right now!
The picture shows names of colors but the color of the ink doesn’t match the name of that color. You need to read the color of the ink and not the name of the color. Count the number of mistakes you do on your fingers.
This test will tell you if you are stressed or stress-free and will evaluate your psychological capability. It is known as the Stroop test.