Stress Awareness month

Stress is a physical response that takes place in the body when it thinks it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals such as adrenaline, cortisol and norepinephrine to prepare the body for physical action. 

This causes a number of reactions, from blood being diverted to muscles to shutting down unnecessary bodily functions such as digestion. With the release of these chemicals, there is often a rush of energy, which prepares you to either fight or run away.

The feeling of the heart pounding and fast breathing is the release of adrenaline; as well as a boost of energy all serve to focus the mind to respond to the situation.

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The challenge is when the body goes into a state of stress in inappropriate situations which can lead to the inability to ‘think straight’. Long periods of being in a state of stress can be detrimental to our health.  

If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause.