Stress is described as a reaction by the body to any demand made upon it and a ‘demand’ means an alteration. The following section will give you the scoop on stress.
Level’s of Stress
Did you know stress levels have different names? For instance “Neutral Stress” is the amount of work it takes to keep up normal body operation. If we scale anxiety on a scale of 1- 10 where Neutral Stress would be 1. Lets take a look at Success and what it infers. Believe it or not success is a stressor, called “Eustress”, which is derived from the word euphoria. We can assign eustress a quantitative number like 5 because it is a high feeling and brings many changes and ramifications.
Now taking brief peak at failure. Failure means challenge, or worst of all defeat. So failure can lead to what is called “Distress”, which, we’ll assign a number of 5 because it’s significance for change are intense. If the maximum stress level is 10 this is when we encounter all of the classic “fight and flight” signs of our body preparing for activity. Hormones, like adrenaline, surge. 6 Your heartbeat and blood pressure soar. Your palms sweat. 7 Your short of breath. Your hair stands on end. 8 You’ve got a flock of geese flapping in your belly. Your blood sugar rises and your muscles tense. 9 Your mind is focused on fighting or flighting. If you get to 10 you’ll probably mess your knickers because your system has gone berserk from over stimulation and your body will surrender. Though the odors may stop your adversary from taking that first bite. These effects, up to 9.9 unchanged for thousands of years, helped prehistoric humans survive!
The issue here is that the physical and emotional manifestations of the stress response are proposed to dissipate when the immediate physical risk is over. But when they don’t, over time, these over used hormones cause heart disease, hypertension, suppressed immunity, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and even depression. The greatest defense against these physical manifestations is to realize they are caused by your hard wired prehistoric emotions and by following simple stress buster strategies.
For instance, if you’re late for work and you’ve just missed the last subway. What do you do? You can either panic, or you can just accept the situation. Relax, take a deep breath and wait for the next one. If you can change a situation, do it, if you can’t, then you adapt. Understanding stress and its effects can help you use it to your own advantage, and turn potential “stressors” into positive challenges. Something I have always believed and now seems to be coming to light with scientific evidence is the fact that stress can actually be good for you!
The Latest Scoop on Stress
This is a study done recently with mice in a stressful situation. What the researchers did was they take a bunch of mice that were bullied repeatedly by a nasty mouse for a couple of hours for six consecutive days. At the end of that period the researchers infected the picked on mice with a strain of influenza that also infects humans. Other mice, not subjected to the bullying, were also infected so the scientists could measure the effects of the stress. The bullied mice were actually better able to ward off the virus than the ones that had not had to deal with an aggressive foe. So the scientists changed the name of the stress test to “repeated defeat.”.
According to a new research, stress can be utilized in a positive way to improve the mechanism of our body . Rising evidence is indicating how stress and tension can:
- Stop cancer from returning
- Reduce the possibility of heart attack
- Improve your health.
- Strengthen immune system
- Increase mental ability
So, do you feel better now ?
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