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Stress – Its effects on our body and mind.

January 26, 2015

Stress is defined in dictionary as a mental, emotional or physical strain, like a force it pulls at an individual and elicits response. It’s this response to stress or strain or tension that what defines an individual’s coping skills or personality.

In physiological terms, Hans Seyle defines stress as a nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it. Modern world presents such challenges on a regular basis at home, workplace, in school and social events. Individual responses depend upon how challenging or threatening the situation is perceived. I can elicit a neuro-hormonal response understood as Flight or Fright reaction kicking in physiological cascade of symptoms ranging from palpitations, tachycardia, breathlessness, increased bowel movement, increase frequency of urination, dizziness, muscle tension or pain, trembling, dizziness, blurring of vision to restlessness, confusion and fainting spells. Long term chronic stress leads to unexplained physical symptoms of body pains, fatigue, gastro intestinal symptoms etc, as well as long term effects on hormonal milieu, immunity and aging process. The psychological effects are observed as headaches, insomnia, irritability, depression, anxiety, panic attacks and myriad other conditions.