Seven interesting facts about stress that you must know
Stress is a common term that almost everyone is familiar with. One may also know what stress exactly feels like. However, what is the right definition of this negative feeling? In basic terms, stress is a type of response to a negative situation or danger and this is something that has helped our ancestors to cope with occasional hazards. While short-term stress does not have any daunting health concerns, constantly being under the radar of stress may lead to some drastic health conditions that one must be aware of. Hence this blog will describe 15 interesting facts about stress that you must know!
Stress is a hormonal response
This response begins from your one part of the brain known as the hypothalamus. When one is stressed, the hypothalamus sends signals through your nervous system all the way to your kidneys that in turn releases stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol.
Women are more prone to stress than men
Research reveals that women are more likely to experience acute stress when compared to men. This does not mean that men do not undergo stress, it is just that men are likely to escape these stressful situations and exhibit slightly lesser signs and symptoms. Their coping mechanism is better than women.
Stress can overburden one’s mind with constant worries
During stressful scenarios, people are often flooded with never-ending thoughts of their future and day-to-day chores. Rather than concentrating on one thing at a time, people are bombarded with several thoughts that can further trigger acute stress leading to poor physical and mental well-being.
Stress can cause jittery actions and restlessness
When one is undergoing stress, your fingers may start shaking and you may feel a jittery sensation where one may seem off-balance. At times, you may also feel dizzy. These effects are mostly linked to hormonal releases such as adrenaline that causes an increase in jittery sensation throughout your body.
Stress causes an increase in body temperature
This is generally caused due to a rise in blood pressure in your body. You may feel hot in situations when you are nervous or stressed. For instance, right before giving a presentation, you may feel slightly hot leading to heart palpitations an increase in heart rate.
Stress leads to both external and internal effects
Being stressed can result in a number of effects such as the release of excessive sweat in your forehead, armpits and groin areas. It can also cause internal problems such as difficulty in digestion causing stomach upset, diarrhea and an increase in urination. Other mental conditions such as an increase in irritability and anger are more likely to be visible during such situations.
Long-term stress can lead to mental disabilities
Constant feeling of overwhelming stress can sometimes take a toll of you by not only affecting your immune system but can also make you question your overall outlook on life. You may begin to feel guilty, anxious, and more depressed that can result in long-term mental disorders such as depression as per The National Institute of Mental Health.
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Dr. Upasana Gala is the founder and CEO of Evolve Brain Training, a Neurofeedback-centered institute that focuses on using non-invasive brain training techniques to maximize the brain's true potential.