In our fast-paced lives, we often feel overwhelmed or stressed. Stress is usually associated with negative events, such as problems in our lives or work demands. However, even positive events, such as starting a new job or buying a new home, can be stressful.
During the stress response the body releases several hormones like cortisol, epinephrine, norepinephrine. These hormones and several others cause the body to:
These responses are helpful when you face an immediate threat. Unfortunately, this fight or flight response is not appropriate or healthy for the types of stressful situations usually faced in your everyday life.
The Negative Effects of Stress
How Do You Respond to Stress?
Physical - These signals are reflected in how the body responds to stress. This include a rapid heartbeat, neck pain, back pain or nervous tension.
Emotional - These signals are reflected in how we think and feel. These include feeling irritable or depressed.
Behavioral - These responses are actions we do in response to stressful events, such as overeating, drinking too much or watching too much television.
Everyone has different emotional and physical signs of stress. Recognizing symptoms of stress early can help you begin looking for solutions as soon as possible.
¹The Mayo Clinic, Stress Symptoms: Effects on your body, feelings and behavior